Coastal Community Action assistance programs.

If you need referrals, information on government benefits, and access to self-sufficiency programs, then the Coastal Community Action agency may be able to assist. They are the main non-profit organization for the counties of Craven, Carteret, Duplin, Onslow, Jones, Lenoir, and Pamlico in North Carolina. Some details and examples of resources administered are as follows.

Low income families can get information on the application process for several state and federal government benefits, such as section 8 housing vouchers, weatherization, and LIHEAP energy bill assistance. They also focus on children and seniors, and offer Head Start and other services. However the main focus is on working with clients towards self-sufficiency. The Coastal Community Action locations are as follows.

11313 HWY 55 East, Grantsboro, North Carolina 28529, (252) 745-0104
303 McQueen Boulevard, Newport, NC, 28570, (252) 223-1630
5601 HWY 70 East, Newport, NC 28570, telephone (252) 223-0278
125 Old Godette School Road, Havelock, North Carolina. Main phone:(252) 447-5059
622 West Street, New Bern, NC 28560, (252) 637-1700
201 Professional Park Drive, Beaufort, North Carolina 28516. Call (252) 728-2786 for information.

Housing assistance is offered as part of the Section 8 Rental Assistance program. The federal funded resource has the primary purpose of offering subsidies on paying rent for those seeking and who qualify for assistance. It is for low income apartments and units and it helps those in Carteret, Onslow and nearby counties. The voucher is often combined with the HUD Section 8 Family Self Sufficiency program from Coastal Community Action. This allows families to get assistance with paying their rent and case managers will help them strive towards self-sufficiency.

Another form of support for those wanting help is the agency will coordinate access to the United Way of Coastal Carolina. Among other things, the organization has helped fund transportation for the HUD FSS program. Additional assistance is able to help people with such things as car repairs, falling behind on repayments, automobile insurance costs and various issues with transportation. In order for individuals to be eligible for assistance with paying for their transportation needs they must qualify. For instance they must be employed, seeking employment in area such as Jones or Lenoir County. Or they can be enrolled in job training or educational classes.




The federal government as well as North Carolina Energy Office of the North Carolina Department of Commerce fund the Weatherization Assistance Program. This has the intention of assisting those who are spending a lot of money on their energy bills and it will offer them savings. Weatherization will help those who qualify with reducing their annual heating bills along with cooling costs for their home.

Anyone from the counties whose total household income is below the federal poverty guidelines by 200% or anyone who receives cash assistance under the Work First or Supplemental Security Income should be eligible. It also benefits those families that are enrolled in LIHEAP.

Coastal Community Action will give senior citizens, the disabled and families with children priority. The weatherization assistance is made available for those with single family homes or mobile homes in Duplin, Craven, and other North Carolina counties. Any renters will need to show written permission from landlords before services can be undertaken on their unit.

Additional housing assistance is available by way of the Single Family Rehabilitation Program. This service aims to make a positive impact over the long term when it comes to the available stock of affordable housing in eastern and northern North Carolina. It works by rehabilitating owner occupied units that have moderately deteriorated. It is for low income families and the home needs to be occupied with one or more either elderly or disabled members.

Funding is available in some cases. It will allow work to be done on the property so as to bring it up to the acceptable standards, which means that residents can stay in the home for much longer periods of time. To be eligible to apply for repairs from Coastal Community Action applicants should have incomes below 80% of that of the area’s median levels.





For emergency home repairs for those who need assistance in the Carteret County area there is the Urgent Repair Program. This component is available for making minor to moderate home repairs for the low income. The focus is on elderly, homes with young children, single parent households, and the disabled.

Older adults from eastern North Carolina could look into the Housing and Home improvement funding program which supports older adults in helping them to keep their independence and meeting their basic needs for shelter. People who qualify can get help with appliances along with furnishings. Other aid may be for home modifications, minor renovations or basic repairs.

The Coastal Community Action Family Development Services program is made up of activities that go towards promoting families and individual’s achievement of goals. The main components of the program include Self Sufficiency Family development, case management and another option is Head Start for children.

This particular development program is open to families or individuals who meet guidelines for poverty and who want to work towards certain goals. This will allow them to eventually achieve economic independence. Some examples of what Coastal Community Action may offer include support for the elderly and/or disabled. They could get help when moving into subsidized housing and are getting an income.




The program also offers workshops along with seminars to help families along with individuals gain financial literacy. There are many topics covered and these include information on housing resources, home ownership, debt reduction, applying for financial aid and assistance in both finding and keeping a job. Financial assistance could also be applied for if families are eligible for the Self Sufficiency program.

The Senior Companion Program has volunteers that work to meet critical needs of the Onslow and Caven community along with reaching out to adults who need extra assistance in being independent in their own homes. This includes the terminally ill, elderly, sick, disabled, and the frail. Assistance is also for those providing respite and who are considered as caregivers. The Senior Companions are able to help with day to day living tasks and these include grocery shopping, paying bills, offering friendship, transportation to doctors’ appointments and more.


By Jon McNamara

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