Buncombe County St. Vincent De Paul emergency assistance programs.

Short term, emergency assistance from Buncombe County St. Vincent De Paul may be available on occasion. This may range from information on grants for medical needs to rent, energy bill help, or food. The faith based charity is focused on offering a hand up and not a hand out to the less fortunate. However the non-profit will require both case management and the applicant to be working to stabilize their living situation.

St. Vincent church based financial aid

Utility and heating bill help is also arranged by St. Vincent De Paul. The non-profit will sometimes have periodic access to funding designated for assisting income qualified families who have received shut-off notices on their electric or water bills from their utility providers. To qualify for a grant, clients must have applied for, received, and exhausted all federally funded Fuel Assistance Benefits such as LIHEAP.

Applications may also be for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This government program provides financial aid for income-eligible households in need of help with covering their home heating bills. Cash benefits paid out are limited to a maximum of $350 annually.

Buncombe County households in which each member is 65 years of age and up, homebound, or disabled are given priority for LIHEAP, with the opportunity to apply for a grant beginning in November of each year. Other low income households who meet income eligibility requirements may submit applications in December, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn about the regional Asheville Emergency Transportation Service. This provides discounts on vehicle repairs, education on basic car maintenance, and referrals to other service providers. This is for those that need a care for work. This is a very limited program, and people on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other families seeking employment may be qualified.

Other services that may be administered by the Society of Saint Vincent, or that are available through referral, include case management, disaster relief, and emergency food and clothing. Assistance is also provided for issues related to education; employment; income management; and energy, rent and mortgage payments.




Some of the additional federal government funded resources available across Asheville North Carolina include the Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) for utility bill disconnections, the Low-Income Home-Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Foster Grandparents (FGP). When it comes to rental assistance, the ESG program is used for this.

Food pantry – There is a distribution center available at St. Vincent affiliated churches that offer impoverished clients food and hygiene products. The locations is stocked by purchases made by the agency and also from supplemental donations of non-perishable groceries from the community. There is a major food drive conducted by parishioners as well as donations from local corporations.

The pantry has served hundreds of families and individuals over the years. Those eligible will receive a few day supply of groceries including rice, cereal, pasta, beans and sauce, meat, soup, crackers, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, bread, detergent, tuna, macaroni and cheese, pancake mix and syrup, mashed potatoes and gravy, flour, sugar, salt, and powdered milk. When available, clients will also receive fresh fruit and vegetables.

The center may also have hygiene items or household supplies. When donations allow, every participating family of Buncombe County will also receive toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, deodorant, and shampoo.

The St. Vincent Thrift Store is open most days of the year. But it may sometimes be closed for restocking.  Eligible clients are provided with clothing vouchers while others may shop in the store for clothes and smaller household items. Everything sold across the Asheville region will be fairly priced. Also, donations should be clean and in gently used, proper working order. The person giving back will also benefit from a deduction.

For individuals with a strong desire to become self-reliant and independent, the agency works with them to build up their confidence, inner strength and self-esteem. As a non-profit organization, Society of St. Vincect in Bumcombe County will also help address teamwork between client and staff which ensures a person knows they are never alone in their struggles. For more information or referrals on any services, the main phone number is (828) 236-8555.



By Jon McNamara

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