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Assistance programs in Anson, Montgomery, and Richmond County.

Low income families can get help and support from the agencies below. Find grants or loans to pay back rent; government assistance including for utility bills; free school supplies, food, and Christmas gifts from charities or pantries; security deposit or daycare vouchers and more. Churches, charities, and non-profits in Anson, Richmond and nearby counties help the working poor and others pay the bills, reduce debts, or find a new or better job.

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The Sandhills Community Action Program supports the poor, low income, and others in all three counties. They are part of the nationwide community action agency network. The agency is focused on offering both short and long term financial help to the poor.

Housing programs are available for both low income families that need help paying their rent and the currently homeless. Both loans and government grants are available.

Transitional Housing provides a place for people to stay and intensive case management from trained social workers. The program is different from a standard shelter for that reason. Participants of the housing units are provided support services which are aimed at moving them from instability and crisis to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Each family develops a goal plan with their case manager. So get help in meeting those goals as well as finding and paying the rent on a home in the Montgomery or Richmond County region, or nearby counties.

Shelters in the region provide very temporary housing for homeless mothers and their children. Many are offered in partnership with charities such as the Salvation Army of North Carolina.

Another form of rental assistance is available from the federal government Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. It can assist the elderly, very low-income families, and the disabled to afford safe, decent, affordable and sanitary housing. More on how to get section 8 in North Carolina.




Since subsidies and rent assistance is provided on behalf of the individual or family, participants are able to find their own housing to live in the community. They can select single-family homes, townhouses and apartments in Anson County and Montgomery. The family will still need to pay a portion of the rent as the government subsidy is limited.

Also enroll into the Family Self-sufficiency Program. This was created to supply participants with assisted housing and other ongoing supportive services that can help them achieve economic independence. It is only available for people with a section 8 voucher.

Food programs include the USDA Food Commodity Distribution as well as the Emergency Food Assistance Program. The first USDA program is overseen by the community action agency and the office will distribute available commodities and foodstuffs in accordance with established federal government guidelines. The other option is the Emergency Food Assistance Program, or TEFAP. It helps hundreds of low income families in this region of North Carolina receive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) groceries and commodities.

Other resources offered by the agency include weatherization, referrals to government programs such as food stamps, and much more.

The Sandhills Community Action Program is located at 103 Saunders Street, Carthage, NC 28327. Call (910) 947-5675 for an appointment or more information. Or find more info on financial help from Sandhills Community Action Program.

Rockingham Housing Authority is another organization that can provides low income housing options for qualified families. They also have information on first time home buying programs and foreclosure counseling. The office is at 809 Armstead Street. Phone (910) 997-3316.

Anson Crisis Ministry runs an Emergency Housing Program. The non-profit can provide emergency housing for up to 1 - 3 three days. This may even include vouchers for someone to stay at a local motel. 117 North Rutherford Street, Wadesboro, NC 28170, call (704) 694-2445.





Our Daily Bread Food Ministries is a Rockingham based food pantry. Groceries, meals, and more are offered. (910) 895-3536.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program can be applied too. Most of the grants and financial aid is for heating bills. However rarely some money may be available during the summer to pay cooling costs. (910) 997-8400.

Hamlet Senior Center is for residents over the age of 55. The non-profit offers a variety of services for senior citizens including general and medical transportation, health screenings, housing and energy bill assistance, respite services, adult day care, home repair modification and in-home aid, and free congregate meals. (910) 582-7985

Feed My Lambs, Inc. may have both clothing and free food for the needy. There are also Christmas meals and holiday food boxes. 2290 Hwy 74 W., Wadesboro, North Carolina 28170, (704) 695-1820

Montgomery County Department of Social Services oversees financial assistance and case management. Examples of assistance programs include Child Care, Christmas for Needy Children, CP&L Project Share, Emergency Food Assistance Program, Food Stamps, Low Income Energy Assistance Program, Medicaid, Health Choice. There are also school supplies for kids, Job Placement Services, Transportation, Welfare to Work, and also Work First Employment and Family Assistance. Call the Troy office at (910) 576-6531.

Daymark - Sandhills Center Outpatient Unit helps individuals and families impacted by one or more of the following. If you are affected by substance abuse, mental illness, or developmental disabilities, get case management and social services from this center. (910) 572-3681

Partners in Ministry runs a clothing closet, food pantry, assists with rehabilitating and repairing substandard homes, in particular for older residents and the disabled. 12 Third Street East, Laurinburg, NC 28352, call (910) 277-3355. Several other pantries operate in North Carolina and can feed the poor and hungry in the region. Read free food banks in North Carolina.

Montgomery Community Action Agency can offer referrals and resources from Family Services. This ranges from low income energy bill assistance (LIHEAP) and also free conservation measures, such as weatherization. Housing and rent needs can be met by section 8 vouchers or local non-profit grant programs for paying a security deposit fee or back rent payment. Other programs range from Head Start to information on food pantries. More on Salisbury and Rowan community action.





Community clinics and free health care centers

Compassionate Care Free Clinic offers low cost primary medical care. The health center also operates a licensed pharmacy. They offer discounts, free generic medications, information on Needymeds and other medical care to the low income. Call (910) 410-9349

Montgomery County Health Department advocated for the low income and uninsured. Services offered include Adult Health/General Clinic; Communicable Disease/HIV testing, Treatment and referral; health screenings, Child Health; Family Planning; Immunizations; Maternity Care Coordination; Orthopedic and General Outreach Services. (910) 572-1393, or click details medical care.

Richmond County Health Department operates a public health clinic for citizens of the county. This can provide basic check ups, referrals to Medicaid and Medicare, lab work, and physicals. The center is at 127 Caroline Street, Rockingham, NC 28379. Call (910) 997-8300 for an appointment.

Anson Community Hospital - CHS covers both North Carolina and across the border into South Carolina. The center and its doctors offer comprehensive medical care and some emergency services. (704) 694-5131.


By Jon McNamara

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