Municipal Welfare Department

Municipal Welfare administers general emergency assistance for poor individuals and families seeking emergency financial assistance with emergency basic needs.  Requests may be made to this office through a written application process, including an initial assessment intake. All decisions are made free of bias, and in a strictly confidential manner. Eligibility is based on a financial review of basic needs and available applicant resources. It is our mission to meet our legal obligations in a professional, thoughtful and cost effective manner for the people of Rochester.

Are you in the right place? You may be looking for NH Health and Human Services (sometimes called “State Welfare”)

NH Health and Human Services can provide you with access to:

  • Federal Supplemental Nutrition Program (Food Stamps)
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Medicaid
  • APTD (Aid for the Permanent and Totally Disabled)
  • Title XX (Childcare)
  • OAA (Old Age Assistance)
  • and more...

It is located at the community center in Rochester. Rochester residents call: 332-9120 or go to


City of Rochester Municipal Welfare contact information:

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Intake Hours:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed on City observed holidays


(603) 332-3505


City Hall
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Todd Marsh Director 603-332-3505