Two important programs are key to providing aid to local individuals and families. The Emergency Assistance Program and the regular scheduled distribution of surplus food have helped hundreds of people make it thru these troubling times.
A little background on what is offered. The Emergency Assistance Program provides emergency funds for people to help them pay their utility bills and also monthly rent. There are some conditions to the program and not Iredell County residents will be able to get the cash grants. If you are interested in learning more or applying for assistance, you can submit an application at the Iredell County Department of Social Services in Statesville, 549 Eastside Drive. they are open from 8am to 4 pm during the work week. Phone (704) 873-5631.
The food distribution program is for people who are not on food stamps, and you also need to apply at the above address to be eligible.
There are limited funds for these programs, as they utilize budgeted moneys. Once those budgeted funds are exhausted, Social Services can no longer offer them in the budgeted year and the aid being flowed will end.
There are some other seasonal program. For example, assistance from the Crisis Intervention Program, which is a cooling and heating related program, are also available and have their own funding.
Fifth Street Ministries (Statesville NC, phone 704) 872-4045) offers a few different assistance programs, mostly for the working poor and homeless.
Statesville Salvation Army provides financial assistance as well as spiritual guidance. The nonprofit agency can provide limited help with medical costs, hospital bills and transportation services, utility help, weekly character-building classes and Summer Day Camp for children. The agency also assists with providing holiday gifts and free food for families at Christmas.
Some qualified Statesville area families can apply for disaster aid from the Salvation Army. Or there is free clothing, furniture, household items, fans during summer months, school supplies and financial assistance with paying expenses such as rent, utilities, or prescription medications. Dial (704) 872-5623, or more Iredell County Salvation Army assistance programs.
The local community action agency of Iredell County is I Care, Inc. Phone (704) 871-1299. They offer assistance in the form of case management. The staff work with low-income adult individuals and families, and they are aided in becoming self-sufficient.
In addition to guidance and counseling, the non-profit may occasionally have financial assistance with bills and rent, and that may be provided. In addition they provide support in the areas of financial management, debt reduction, job readiness, education, employment and housing is available.
Another focus of I-Care is on assisting the elderly in Statesville and the county. The organization works with agency on aging centers to meet this goal, and they can provide free food, meals, adult day services and other support to senior citizens. Find additional information on I Care assistance programs.
Ada Jenkins Center provides emergency financial aid from a few sources, including the Sunshine Fund. There may be funds to pay for rent, a partial utility bill, or maybe the security deposit on a new home. The non-profit also partners with charities across Iredell County, including Loaves and Fishes.
When possible, the Jenkins Center will also offer medical or dental care to the low income from a mobile clinic. Other assistance from the center can include free food, or even holiday items, from a pantry. The staff from the organization can also help clients sign up for public aid, such as food stamps, SSI disability, or Medicaid. Read more Ada Jenkins Center.
Emergency rent and deposit assistance is available in Iredell County, when funds allow. There are a few non-profits that can either help families apply for financial aid, or they may have their own money available for paying a portion of back rent. Other services for tenants as well as the vulnerable such as single parents range from eviction prevention advice to assistance to pay for security deposits on low income apartments. Read rent help in Iredell County.
Locate food banks and soup kitchens - In an effort to prevent hunger, there are churches and other organizations that operate pantries in the county, including the city of Statesville. Many low income families and those on the verge of poverty benefit from these resources.
Some of what may be provided by these organizations ranges from free boxes of groceries, holiday meals, school supplies, and applications to WIC vouchers or food stamps. Find more information as well as locations of Iredell County food pantries.
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