We would like to make sure residents are aware of the programs and benefits that may be available to low-income individuals and families.

Energy Services

Call: 542-9528 or 1-800-529-0005 for:

  • Fuel Assistance Program
  • Electric Assistance Program
    • Provides qualifying electric customers with a discount off their electric bill.
  • Neighbor Helping Neighbor  
    • (If you are not eligible for fuel assistance but have an electric disconnection notice)
  • Senior Energy Assistance Program (SEAS)  
    • Assists elderly age 60 and above who are over income under (LIHEAP) with up to $270 per household

Remember to contact Fuel and Electric Companies before missing scheduled payments to inform them of any difficulties may have in paying on time. Ask for an extension and tell them when you will be able to pay. If you need assistance in making payment arrangements with electric company to avoid disconnection contact the Charlestown Health and Human Service Office.


  • Charlestown Food Shelf:
    • (603) 499-3504 (open Mon., Thurs., and Fri. 9:00am - 11:00am)
  • Alstead Food Shelf:  
    • (603) 835-2283 (open Mon-Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm)
  • SNAP (Food Stamps)  
  • WIC (Women Infants & Children)
    • If, you have children under the age of (5) five  
    • Call: 1-800-529-0005 or visit here.
  • CSFP (NH Commodity Supplemental Food Program)  
    • For seniors age 60 and above, call: 1-800-529-0005 and women with children age 5-6.

Housing / Homeless Prevention / Homeless

Call (SCS) Southwestern Community Services for:

  • Homeless Prevention Program – an application can be found here or call (603) 719-4225 or (603) 719-4226
  • SCS Housing, Inc. – Low income Senior and Family housing

The application can be found here or call Diane Ouellette at (603) 719-4284.

If, you are Homeless call 211 and the NH Housing Authority at 1-800-439-7247, for immediate assistance.

Town Assistance Applications are available outside the door of the Charlestown Health and Human Service Office or, at the Town Selectman's Office.