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City of Laconia Welfare Department

Our mission is to provide interim assistance with basic needs for those who do not have the resources to meet these needs and encourage community involvement in addressing issues to help break the circle of poverty.

Local welfare offices are funded primarily by property taxes. Every city and town in New Hampshire has someone appointed or elected to administer local welfare. If you need assistance, you would apply in the city or town where you reside unless you find yourself in an emergency situation in another community. You would then contact the local welfare office in that community.

We provide interim, emergency assistance with basic needs for those unable to provide for themselves. Basic needs include shelter, food, medications, rent, utilities, etc. Assistance is issued in the form of vouchers for these items paid directly to a vendor. We will also refer you to other programs that will help you to meet these basic needs.

Those individuals assisted by the welfare department that are "work ready" will be enrolled in the City's workfare program.

We are sometimes confused with NH Department of Health and Human Services. We do not issue food stamps, Medicaid or cash assistance. NH Department of Health and Human Services administers these programs. Please see for more information on these programs.

Application for Assistance
Welfare Department Guidelines


Contact Information:

City Hall 45 Beacon St. East Laconia, NH 03246

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday
Phone: (603) 527-1267
Fax: (603) 737-1005


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