- The following are some of the many resources in the area that are available to you.
- 2-1-1 is the number to dial for information about health and human services and organizations in your community. Their website is www.211nh.org
- NH EASY is the state website where residents can apply online for cash, medical, child care, Medicare Savings Program and Food Stamp benefits. Visit NH EASY at www.nheasy.nh.gov.
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Marlow Welfare Department
Housing and utilities
Food and meals
Household items/small furniture/clothing
The position of Overseer of Public Welfare in Marlow serves as the initial responder for those residents experiencing financial hardship or other related difficulties. While the budget available to the overseer is very limited, for use only in extreme situations at the overseer's discresion, the overseer's primary functions is to serve as an advocate in assisting and directing the client to find and tap into other more case-specific resources through outside agencies.
While dealing with the overseer in such capacity is free, any town funds expended on a client's behalf is considered a loan sunject to repayment by the client to the town. Additionally, if the client owns property the overseer is required to place a lien against such a property to insure eventual recovery of funds.
The overseer is a volunteer position, holds no set office hours, and is available by appointment only. The overseer is not able to deal with issues after the fact. Prospective clients must complete applications (available online and at the Town Office). All interviews are conducted under strict confidentiality and the client's privacy comes first. Submitted applications and related documentation remain sealed.
Published annually by the Rotary Clubs of Keene, it gives information about help that is available for young children, their parents and families. Topics covered include help with housing, getting clothing, furniture and household items, getting to places, finding free legal and financial help, staying healthy and warm. Copies can be obtained from the Town Office.
Winter Heating Assistance
Having trouble paying for heat? These three programs can help:
- State-wide Electrical Assistance Program (EAP)
Income qualified members of the NH Electric Co-op can receive discounts on their monthly electric bills ranging from 5-70% of their total bill. Apply through your Community Action Agency. (Keene 352-7512)
- State Fuel Assistance Program (FAP)
Provides benefits to qualified New Hampshire households to assist with heating costs. Renters and homeowners are eligible. Apply through your Community Action Agency. (Keene 352-7512)
Project Care is a charitable organization that provides payment assistance for NH Electric Co-op members in emergency situations. Applicants are eligible for Project Care emergency assistance only once in a 12 month period. Members should apply to the programs listed above before applying to Project Care. For program guidelines and more information, contact Member solutions at 1-800-698-2007.
The State has set up a new website to help residents address potential mortgage problems. The website will help connect families with resources if they are concerned about losing their homes and includes contact information for housing counsellors and other options to help people try to avoid foreclosure. www.HomeHelpNH.org
Weatherization and Heating Assistance Programs
Stay Warm NH is a public/private partnership focused on expanding weatherization and heating assistance programs. The NH Office of Energy and Planning, NH Department of Health and Human Services and NH Charitable Foundation are coordinating this effort with the help of dozens of non-profit organizations and private businesses. Their phone number is 271-2155 and their website is website is www.nh.gov/oep/
Telephone Bill Assistance
New Hampshire residents can receive help in paying for their telephone service under two assistance programs offered by FairPoint to low-income households; FairPoint Lifeline Service and the Link-Up program. FairPoint Lifeline Service offers customers a monthly discount on their telephone bill. Lifeline savings could amount to as much as $8/month and almost $100/year. Through the Link-Up Program, qualified customers receive a discount of 50% (up to $30) off the cost of installing new service. Additionally, New Hampshire Lifeline customers receive a credit toward the federal subscriber line charge each month.
These assistance programs are available to low income customers. Your household will be eligible for the Lifeline and Link-Up programs if your household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty income guidelines, or if you or a household member are enrolled in any of the following assistance programs:
Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Low income home energy assistance, Section 8 housing, Supplemental nutrition assistance (SNAP), National school lunch/free lunch program, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).
Lifeline customers can also request toll blocking, a service that prevents toll calls (such as long distance) from being made. Customers using this service can still use pre-paid calling cards or dial-around service to place long-distance calls from their homes.
For more information about Lifeline and Link-Up programs, please call your customer service representative toll free at 1-866-984-2001.
Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services (HCS)
HCS provides comprehensive home health care and helping services to income eligible
Free Prescription Discount Cards
These cards are provided by Cheshire County and are available at the Town Office. Members call toll free 1-877-321-2652.
NH Medicaid is a federal and state funded health care program that serves a wide range of needy individuals and families who meet certain eligibility requirements. The program works to ensure that eligible adults and children have access to needed health care services by enrolling and paying providers to deliver covered services to eligible recipients. More information is at the NH Department of Health and Human Services. To apply, visit NH EASY.
New Hampshire Healthy Kids
New Hampshire Healthy Kids provides access to affordable, quality health and dental coverage to uninsured children and teens in New Hampshire. 1 Pillsbury St, Suite 300, Concord, NH. Toll free: 1-877-464-2447
The Community Kitchen serves hot meals Monday through Friday from 5-6:30pm and brunch on Sunday from 11 - 12:30pm. Take home boxes of food are available on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 5:30pm and Thursdays 11:20 - 4:00pm. Delivery can be arranged. The Community Kitchen is located at 37 Mechanic St, Keene. Their phone number is 357-3200 and their website is www.thecommunitykitchen.org
Marlow Friendly Meals are held at Odd Fellows the first Tuesday of the month. Coffee is at 11:30 and the meal is served at 12:00. Anyone 60+ is invited. Meals are free, with donations appreciated. This program is provided by Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services. Call Sharon Davis 446-7064 or Gerry Plotts 446-3490 with your reservation by noon on the Monday before. Rides can be provided.
United Methodist Church Food Pantry
The United Methodist Church delivers food boxes the third Sunday of each month. If you are in need of a little help or know of someone else that does, please contact Shirley Plumb at 446 3310 or Marcia Levesque at 446-4383. Collection boxes for food donations can be found at the Town Office and Town Library.
A program of Southwestern Community Services. A supplementary food program offering nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast feeding support and health care referral, to women with young children who qualify for the program. 63 Community Way PO Box 603, Keene, NH 03431. Phone: 352-7512 (ext. 4234) or toll free: 1-800-529-0005
A program of NH Dept. of Health and Human Services. Assists families in applying for food stamps if they are eligible. Office hours Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Keene District Office, 109 Key Road, Keene, NH 03431. Phone: 357-3510 or toll free 1-800-624-9700. Website: www.nheasy.nh.gov
Project Share Thrift Shop
Open Monday through Friday 9AM - 3PM. Provides clothing, small furniture, linens and miscellaneous items to those in need for a small fee. Keene Rerceation Center, 312 Washington St, Keene, NH 03431. Phone: 352-8464
Provides food assistance (food pantry) and assistance with clothing, small furniture, linens and other small household items through thrift store vouchers, as well as some other limited material and financial assistance. Offering other social, educational, recreational and religious programs for children and adults. Also counseling, information and referral services. Website: www.use.salvationarmy.org/keene. Main office hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 2pm, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene NH 03431. Phone: 352-0607. Thrift store open Monday through Saturday 9am - 5pm, 132 Monadnock Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03446. Phone: 357-2207.