Legal aid got the power back on

Vicky, a single mom of young children, has received help from NH Legal Assistance in the past. Recently, Vicky called her legal aid advocate to say the utility company had disconnected the heat in her home. To reconnect it, the company said she would need a valid...

With legal aid , Navy vet finally gets disability benefits

A traumatic brain injury left Michael, a Navy veteran and former teacher, unable to work. Yet, his application for disability benefits was denied by the state Department of Health and Human Services due to missing paperwork that he could not get from his medical...

Stephen was facing an $11,000 paperwork mistake

Unemployment kept Stephen afloat when COVID-19 forced him to close his restaurant. Then, he feared it would bankrupt him when the state told him he had to repay $11,000 because of a paperwork mistake. “It was just — [my] jaw dropped,” Stephen told Todd...

“NHLA kept us from being homeless.”

The eviction notice came at the worst time for Lela and Mustafa and their 11-month-old daughter. Lela’s mother had died just a few months earlier from COVID-19, and they were both out of work. They didn’t have the money to pay rent or hire a lawyer. Desperate, they...

COVID-19 increases need for unemployment and welfare legal aid

  When the pandemic hit in March, state and federal moratoria on evictions kept vulnerable tenants in their home. Still, as many in New Hampshire fell into crisis, NH Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice & Referral Center saw a significant increase in calls...