Our Emergency Aid Program was originally developed by our organization’s founder James Lenane in 1996 to help Peterborough Residents with emergency financial assistance. The Fund is currently still restricted to those who live in Peterborough. (Aid for residents of other towns may be available through other agencies. See link at bottom of this page for a compilation of additional locally available resources.)
Oftentimes people are referred to us by the town welfare officer or a community social worker. We work with community partners to verify that people are eligible to receive emergency funds. After filling out and submitting our application, a member of the PHSF Board will contact you, gather additional information about your situation, and walk you through next steps.
We provide assistance in four general areas:
Auto Repairs . At this time we work directly with Valley Automotive on all repairs. Valley is located at 36 Elm Street in Peterborough, across from the Food Pantry. People are asked to get an estimate from Valley BEFORE any work is started on their car. Emergency Aid is provided for repairs necessary to pass inspection or any repairs needed to drive your car safely. We do not reimburse costs but rather agree to work to be done ahead of time. Payment is made directly to Valley and our contribution for repairs is typically around $1,000.
Housing . We may be able to assist with rent, a down payment, or a necessary home repair if you are having a difficult time finding funds necessary to cover these expenses. You will need to provide your rental agreement and the name and contact information for the landlord, and in the case of rentals, payment is made directly to the landlord. For home repairs, we would need to see at least one estimate from a reputable company.
Utilities. We can help pay an outstanding electric, phone, or internet bill. You will need to provide your bill showing us your outstanding balance and payment will be made directly to the company.
Medical or dental bills or co-payments. We pay the medical or dental professional directly, in amounts up to $500 per person per year.
Click link below to print form, fill it out to the best of your ability, and either drop it off at the Food Pantry during open hours or mail it to us at: PHSF, One Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. A Board coordinator will contact you regarding next steps. Questions can be left at 603-924-3008.
Aid for Non-Peterborough Residents/Additional Resources
Click button below for the River Center FACTBOOK, a compilation of additional health, nutrition, and assistance resources in our region