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Dover Cares

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis that has disrupted our local, national and worldwide economy. This disruption is creating significant financial hardships and potentially lasting economic impacts that affect Dover residents, businesses and nonprofits. To assist in overcoming the financial and emotional challenges many are experiencing now and in the weeks and months ahead, a number of programs and services are offered by the City of Dover. These measures are being coordinated with federal, state and private efforts, and provide economic support and financial relief to all residents, businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis and in need of assistance.

Dover CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) is a comprehensive and continually updated list of programs, services and assistance available to the community during these difficult times.

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PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

Financial Hardship

  • All property owners with demonstrated financial hardship are eligible to apply for reductions on their tax bills. This also includes waivers of past due interest charges accrued during the COVID-19 emergency. For more information, contact the Assessor's Office at 516-6014.

Low and Moderate Income Homeowners

  • Homeowners with income less than $20,000 per year ($40,000 married or head of household) are eligible to apply for a rebate on their taxes. Through this program, the State of New Hampshire's Department of Revenue Administration allows residents of low to moderate income to apply for a reduction to the state portion of the education property tax, which is provided as a property tax rebate. For more information, or to apply, visit https://www.revenue.nh.gov/forms/low-moderate.htm.   

Extended Property Tax Payment Plans

  • All property owners with demonstrated financial hardship are eligible to establish pay plans for tax bills to be completed over an extended period. For more information, contact the Tax Collector's Office at 516-6018.

Existing Exemptions and Credits

  • All homeowners meeting certain criteria are eligible to receive partial exemptions and/or credits on their tax bills. Exemptions and credits are available for the elderly, blind, deaf, disabled and all veterans. For more information, contact the Tax Assessment Office at 516-6014 or visit https://www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/finance/tax-assessment/index.html.

  • The City of Dover will receive state and federal grants being distributed to local communities in conjunction with the federal Coronavirus Relief Act (CARES Act). These funds will provide reimbursement and offset budgeted expenses related to the municipality’s response to COVID-19 crisis. To the extent allowed by grant requirements, these funds will be utilized to directly offset the burden of local property taxes in current and future budgets for all property owners.

HOUSING AND FOOD ASSISTANCE

Housing Assistance

  • All residents in Dover at immediate risk of losing housing, including those requiring help with rent and/or mortgage payments, are eligible to apply for public assistance. To find out what assistance is available, contact the Public Welfare Department at 516-6500, by email at s.gaston@dover.nh.gov or by visiting bit.ly/doverwelfare.
  • Additional assistance for residential tenants unable to pay rent is available by contacting Community Action Partnership of Strafford County at cap@straffordcap.org or visiting straffordcap.org.

Food & Household Commodities

  • All residents in Dover in need of food or other household essentials and otherwise financially unable to adequately sustain themselves will be eligible to apply for access vouchers and/or local food bank supplies which may include referrals to private charitable organizations. To find out what assistance is available, contact the Public Welfare Department at 516-6500.
  • The Dover School District is providing meals to all students at several distribution locations each Tuesday and Friday. Students, parents and guardians are able to order food in advance via the School District's website here: https://www.dover.k12.nh.us/.

  • The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension's Food Access Map shows where in Dover free or low-cost food is offered, volunteers are needed and donations are accepted. The map can be found at https://extension.unh.edu/resource/new-hampshire-food-access-map.
  • Community Action Partnership of Strafford County helps provide food to all families and individuals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of food plans, food pantries and meals to go, visit https://straffordcap.org/covid-19-meals/.

Homeless Services

  • Local homeless are able to receive shelter, food and medical care through existing public assistance programs and services provided by religious and private charitable organizations. Shower and laundry facilities are also available and can be accessed by referrals provided through Public Welfare and Community Action program offices.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

WATER AND SEWER UTILITIES

Extended Payment Plans

  • All utility customers with demonstrated financial hardship are eligible to establish payment plans for utility bills to be completed over an extended period. For more information, contact the Water and Sewer Billing Office at 516-6028.

Non-Payment Shutoffs Deferred

  • All utility customers subject to shutoff due to non-payment will have shutoffs deferred during the COVID-19 declared emergency and while complying with an approved extended payment plan. For more information, contact the Water and Sewer Billing Office at 516-6028.

RECREATION

Financial Hardship

  • All residents with demonstrated financial hardship are eligible to apply for reductions or fee waivers associated with recreation program registrations. For more information, contact Dover Recreation at 516-6401.

Program Membership/Registration/Facility Rental Credits

  • All residents and organizations having paid for recreation memberships, registration or rental fees that have not been used during the COVID-19 crisis will be provided with credit to be applied in the future for same.