To protect residents and staff against COVID-19, please make an appointment if you need to visit this Department. Alternatively, you may be able to complete your City business  online. To make an appointment, please call: 610-7267.

Welfare Department

About the Department


For a brief video introduction and orientation to the Department, please click here.

The Welfare Department assists Portsmouth residents unable to provide for their own documented shelter, food, medication, utility or other emergency needs.

It provides assistance to qualified individuals and promotes independence through guidance and referrals. In addition, the Department actively participates in local social services networks.

For food and meal resources available, click here 

For information about Project Cool Air that provides air conditioners to those with medical conditions who suffer from severe heat, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Welfare Administrator: Ellen Tully

Phone: (603) 610-7267 

Fax: (603) 427-1594