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The New Hampshire Housing Security Deposit Program is a program administered by the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County with a grant from the state's Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services. This assistance is in the form of a guarantee certificate to the landlord and a loan to the client, which must be paid back to our agency.

Qualification Guidelines and/or Checklists:

In order to be eligible for the Housing Security Deposit Program, you must meet the income eligibility guidelines, obtain at least a 6-month lease from the landlord and be able to maintain the monthly rental fee on the unit. You will be required to pay the loan back within 6 to 24 months and be able to provide good landlord references. We will also need the following information:

  • Client Intake Sheet
  • Monthly Budget Worksheet
  • Verification of all income for the household
  • Landlord Reference Form (to be filled out by your current landlord, or any prior landlord)
  • Social Security numbers and dates of birth for all household members
  • Landlord Form


Contact Information: Call 603-435-2500 ext. 8139

Housing Security Deposit Contact

Please contact your nearest Outreach Office for more information about the program and to learn if you may qualify (our phone numbers have changed):

Dover Outreach: 61 Locust Street, Suite 240 or 603-460-4237

Farmington Outreach: 527 Main Street or 603-460-4313

Administration Office: 642 Central Avenue, Dover or 603-435-2500 ext. 8139 (appointment only)

Web Link:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing Security Deposit Testimonial

I had to move when I found out my apartment had bed bugs, said Dawn M. I moved in with my dad with my four kids and found out about the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County. I called and the lady came to my house to talk. We went to the Department of Health and Human Services office the next day so I could apply for food stamps and medical assistance for my children, and she helped me fill out all the forms for public housing. I work full time and can afford first month's rent, but not a security deposit too. The Community Action Partnership has a Security Deposit program that can help. Although the landlord doesn't get the money up front and I had to pay the security deposit loan back to the Community Action Partnership, as soon as I paid it the landlord received it and it all worked out great. If it wasn't for that program I would still be living with my Dad. He's the best, but I didn't want to take advantage of the situation.