The federal government is providing Lincoln County with tens of thousands of dollars in government grant money. The funds will be provided to pay for emergency rent and food programs in the area.
The county was selected by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Government Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The board is made up of representatives from The Salvation Army; Catholic Charities, USA; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; United Way of America; and National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
The United way announced that Lincoln County has been chosen to receive the emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Their will be local agencies distributing the grants to people in need.
In the past, Gaston Community Action, which also serves Lincoln, has distributed the Emergency Rent, Food and Shelter assistance funds previously. This local non-profit agency was responsible for distributing over $67,000 of funds received last year for paying rent, mortgage, food, and utility bill assistance.
The non-profit may be the leading agency for people to contact when they are struggling. The resources from GCA are very limited, but in some cases they will have direct financial assistance or at the least offer referrals. in other cases, a client may be issued a loan for their expenses. Some of the examples of what may be provided are below.
The agency can be reached at (704) 861-2283. Many other services are also available. Click more.
I-Care is the regional community action agency, and they administer the services below. However, other support can be provided as well across Lincoln County. Most of it is in the form of referrals, such as to financial aid from LIHEAP, or they have information on government resources, including Head Start and SNAP food stamps. The goal is to help families overcome poverty and any hardships they are faced with, and address barriers to education or employment. Continue.
The Weatherization Assistance Program, which is offered by I-Care, Inc. was created to help low to moderate income citizens and families in Lincoln County save energy and reduce expenses on their utility bills through the installation of energy conservation materials. The program is free to low income homeowners. The program will provide for the installation of energy efficient measures in peoples homes, and also provide energy education. Click here to find additional ways to save on electric bills.
Another resource offered by I-Care for people to turn to is HARRP. This is a Heating Appliance Repair and Replacement Program that works in concert with the Weatherization Assistance Program referenced above to both repair and/or replace inefficient heating and air systems in the homes of low and moderate income families, especially the elderly, families with children, and individuals with disabilities.
You can reach the Lincolnton Office of ICARE, Inc. at (704) 735-8035
Qualified low income families, seniors, the jobless or disabled have other options available to them. There are food banks that offer groceries and referrals. Many of the case managers at the locations can also direct the applicant to financial aid programs. Not only that, but the centers may also help clients apply for public aid, access housing, and more. Read Lincoln food pantries.
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