Cleveland County assistance programs.

Get help with rent, counseling, and weatherization programs

Gaston Community Action, Inc., located at 116 W. Third Street in Gastonia North Caroline (phone (704) 861-2283)) has several resources and services for people who need help. The offer rent help, have eviction prevention services, provide debt counseling and budgeting, and also weatherization programs.

Rent Assistance from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing

The community action agency can direct residents on how to get help from this federal government funded program. It will assist those individuals and families who are behind on their rent, facing an eviction, and it will even provide aid to people who are currently homeless. Financial assistance and grants are offered.

The grants can include rental assistance, money for security deposits and and utility deposits, utility bill and heating bill payments, moving cost assistance, and credit counseling. The program is not a welfare program, but it is intended to help people who are facing a short term hardship. The applicants have many needs, and the goal is to help as many people as possible with their rent and housing expenses. In addition, the homeless
prevention and rapid rehousing program also encourages landlords to rent to those who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. Case workers will also be assigned to clients to help them negotiate rent and lease terms as well as address credit issues with a potential tenant. Also credit repair is one of the services provided, as people need to control and get out of debt in order to help address housing issues.

Weatherization Assistance Program in Cleveland County NC

Weatherization will provide homeowners with free energy conservation repairs. It focuses on low income, the elderly, and  handicapped. The goal is to help them reduce their total residential expenditures (and therefore their energy bills) and improve their health and safety.

Some of the improvements that can result from weatherizing a home include insulating the attic, water pipes, floors, walls, and hot water heater, closing holes in outer walls and the roof, weather stripping doors, glazing windows, and replacing broken window panes. In addition to updating and weatherizing homes, the Gaston Community Action also has options and resources in place to assist in the repair or replacement of heating units for low to moderate income homeowners.





Community Services Block Grant

This is a general assistance program that provides a wide variety of services and aid. The primary goal is to ensure people become self-sufficient, and in order to make that happen they are always willing to assist families and individuals with reaching their potential. The Gaston Community Action focuses on credit and debt assistance, employment, increasing wages, budgeting and financial counseling, and they want to help people make choices that help them to become all they can be over the long term.

Many other services can be provided by the GCA community action agency. Staff can offer referrals to financial aid in Cleveland County or even government benefits such as SNAP food stamps or LIHEAP low income energy bill assistance. Read more Cleveland Community Action.

Resources to deal with an emergency

Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association can provide a limited amount of emergency assistance. The association is located at 1175 Wyke Road, Shelby, North Carolina 28150. Call them at (704) 481-9119. The charity can provide emergency financial assistance for paying rent, utility payments, prescription medicines, food, and even clothing. All assistance is only offered when a crisis situation is present in the home, and it needs to be an unexpected hardship. This can include sickness, unexpected loss of a job, death of family member, or medical emergency. The Baptist Association can also provide Christmas toys and school supplies.

Living Water Community Development Corporation is for patients who are HIV/AIDS positive. Get assistance, including counseling services, case management, benefit advocacy, computer training, and emergency financial assistance for medications, rent, utilities, medical, and dental expenses. Phone (704) 822-3004.

Cleveland County rent help is available. Residents can call a church, charity or government agency to apply. As funding allows, there may also be money for a security deposit or staff will provide legal advice to families with a pay or quit notice. Read Cleveland County rent assistance.




Free meals and boxes of food - There are a few pantries in the area. Low income families in Cleveland County can call on the center for assistance. They will often also have Christmas meals or gifts, gently used clothing, and applications to public aid such as SNAP food stamps. Read more.

By Jon McNamara

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