Federal Funds Boost Home Heating Assistance Ahead of Expected Winter Price Increases

With energy prices rising, Granite Staters with low incomes may find keeping their homes warm considerably more expensive this coming winter than during last year’s coldest season. As a component of the American Rescue Plan Act, the federal government has increased assistance to households through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Targeted at ...

Federal Increases to SNAP Benefits May Aid the Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis More in Rural Areas

The federal government has updated food assistance benefits to reflect increases in costs for nutritious meals, and new research suggests that the economic advantages of enhanced benefits could be particularly robust in rural areas. Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits have aided thousands of Granite Staters who have experienced economic ...

Recent Data Show Food Insecurity Increases Mitigated by Expanded Aid During the COVID-19 Crisis

Data released on September 8 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide updated estimates of levels of food insecurity across the United States and in New Hampshire. These estimates show that levels of food insecurity in 2020 did not increase overall when compared to prior periods despite the pandemic. The economic challenges that ...

Legislature Sends State Budget to Governor

On June 24, 2021, both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the State Senate passed the State Budget proposal from the budget’s Committee of Conference. Both bills, House Bill 1 and House Bill 2, are likely to be signed into law by the Governor. The State Budget will substantially reduce revenues through both immediate ...