While the number of agencies to call for assistance in Alexander County is limited, families do have some options available to them. The leading non-profit is the Blue Ridge Community Action, Inc. Several programs are available for low income and working poor families in the region.
Information and referrals are widely available. The agency reaches out to the needy in the community by offering them access to and help in applying for a variety of services and programs. Qualified Alexander County families can get outreach to assistance programs that operate in low-income areas. Case managers will also pro-actively identify families in need of financial assistance and link those families with the appropriate resources that are offered directly by BRCA and/or other non-profit agency resources. They also advocate on behalf of the poor.
Family Needs Assessments is a service that help community service workers determine your exact needs, family goals, and also your eligibility for services and assistance programs. Qualified clients who receive assistance will also be closely tracked through a centralized intake and data collection system. Each and every service that a client receives is measured as the family or individual works towards self-sufficiency. Staff from Blue Ridge Community Action have established a true system of cross-referral to provide clients with additional sources of financial assistance, programs such as rental assistance, and government services across Alexander County and North Carolina.
Weatherization Assistance is a key program. The non-profit community action agency will help people sign up for free weatherization and conservation and this is offered for poor and low income residents in Alexander county. Some examples of the assistance provided includes repairs to homes to conserve energy, help for lowering utility bills, and the upgrades can also even make homes more comfortable. It can stop air leaks, patch up homes, improve roofs, and similar actions. Additional details weatherization programs.
Any type of housing, utility help, food, or other aid offered is usually combined with Self-Sufficiency. This provides individuals with case management and other support services that are necessary to move families above the poverty guidelines and to gain long term self-sufficiency. Your exact family needs are assessed by staff and they will identify family strengths. Then, as part of this process, clients are linked with needed resources, such as job training or credit repair, to assure success.
Other program services are offered in an effort to direct families and help them achieve a greater sense of authority. The community action agency will offer workshops, training and presentations that include financial literacy, employability skills, debt reduction, and budgeting sessions.
Affordable housing and rental units are available in the region, including Alexander County. The non-profit BRCA provides affordable units to income eligible families, including senior citizens. The organization will also link qualified families to additional services. All apartments and low income units also meet energy conservation standards, thereby reducing tenant utility bills.
The Heating Appliance Repair and Replacement can support families with no heating system or adequate air conditioning for the summer months. It may have free fans and also be combined with weatherization.
Call the Taylorsville Blue Ridge Community Action, Inc. at (828) 438-6255. Learn more.
Christian Crisis Center can provide assistance as well. Look into clothing, free food, and financial assistance (such as rent) to families in crisis due to unemployment, disaster, fire, domestic violence, or reduction in work hours. It can also help people facing a medical bill, accident or surgery. The disabled, elderly and those waiting on disability are eligible for government and non-profit food assistance monthly. Also eligible for help from this agency are those who retain a food voucher from DSS who are in need of assistance. Address is 215 5th Av SW, Taylorsville, North Carolina 28681, dial (828) 532-0022.
Alexander County Department of Social Services is a leading government organization. Programs include public and government aid, such as Medicaid, food stamps, low income energy bill assistance, general transportation services, medical support, and a crisis intervention program. Also contact the location for information and referral, community alternatives program (CAP) social services and Congregate nutrition and home-delivered meals for children and seniors. 604 7th St SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681, dial (828) 632-1080. Other public assistance programs are available. Click here.
Stony Point Christian Ministry may have financial assistance, gently used clothing, school supplies, and groceries/meals. Call the church at (704) 585-6521.
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