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Assistance programs Cumberland County and Fayetteville North Carolina.

Find information on financial assistance from churches, charities, Cumberland County DSS and organizations that provide help with electric bills, rent, mortgages, security deposits and transportation. There is grant money or for Fayetteville area NC low income families. Get financial help near you in Cumberland County North Carolina.

Most of the resources they offer are free to people in need of help, including members of the military and their families. Find places to apply at for emergency financial help or other support, including free food, medical care, gasoline vouchers, and even home repairs. Programs help low income families as well as veterans or the the large number of military families (and those who depend on them for income). There is even free government internet low income households as well as programs for students or job seekers

Emergency assistance in Cumberland County North Carolina

This organization, Catholic Charities, offers a variety of services. All assistance programs are made available to families and individuals regardless of their race, religion, creed, or ability to pay for help. Catholic Charities will help assist people in need through advocating for social and / or economic justice. They can also provide for a person’s immediate needs by providing emergency resources, such as grants to pay rent, utility bills, or other direct services. A food bank and free baby item closet is offered too. Call (910) 424-2020, or more on Fayetteville NC area Catholic Charities assistance programs.

The Salvation Army of Fayetteville (910-483-8119) can also aid people who need help. If you are have an emergency utility bill situation, The Salvation Army Social Services (910-307-0359) may be able to provide assistance through the LIHEAP program or other similar programs, as funds allow and depending on whether or not you meet qualifying conditions. The Cumberland County NC Salvation may also offer rent help, transitional housing or other resources. Contact them to learn more.

The Salvation Army also offers a homeless shelter and soup kitchen if you find yourself in need of somewhere to stay in Fayetteville.  Located at 245 Alexander Street, the shelter accepts tenants as spots open up.  Lunch and dinner are served daily at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm respectively. Or get support such as free school supplies, homeless shelters, or toys for Christmas or a birthday. Visit to learn more, or continue with Salvation Army Cumberland County assistance programs.




Another option is the Fayetteville Urban Ministry (FUM). This non-profit offers four main assistance programs, including Emergency Financial Assistance (Rent, Food and Clothing), Nehemiah Project (Home Repairs and Improvements for Low to Moderate Income Home Owners). They also offer free Adult Literacy (The Gift of Reading and Employment Services), and the last program is Find-A-Friend (Youth Mentorship).

This is a multi-service charity organization that provides food and clothing to those in need in addition to limited financial assistance for crisis situations that meet specified criteria. Note, they do not have a shelter on site and this organization does not issue loans for rent. Call them at 910.483.5944, or learn more assistance from Fayetteville Urban Ministry.

Cumberland County Department of Social Services (DSS) - This government organization offers residents access to both federal government and state of North Carolina assistance programs. This includes free medical care, food, and other cash assistance. Get resources such as SNAP food stamp applications, Medicaid, or cash aid among other resources.

  • The Social Service department also has information on educational programs, for both adults and students. Whether low cost or free internet, or school supplies, they help with access to cable and wi-fi services. Continue with free government internet for the low income.

The low income, veterans and unemployed are some of the major clients of DSS. Almost all financial and and service are short term in nature. Read more Cumberland County NC public assistance.

Last, but not least, call the Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc. This non-profit agency can help people. They can direct individuals to how to get shot term help for bills, rent expenses, and other costs. They also run programs that try to get people back on their feet over the long term.

  • Another resource offered by the community action agency is a food bank. The Food Bank's (phone (910) 485-8809) primary service area includes Fayetteville and Cumberland County. The local Food Bank provides nutritious food and groceries to those people who are at risk of hunger through locations around the county.





Other examples of what may be offered by CCAP include free food from a pantry and credit counseling. They are also involved in administering federal government benefits such as Head Start or the VITA income tax program. Contact them to learn about weatherization programs, grant programs, ways to get help with utility bills, and much more. (910) 485-6131, or click here community action agency programs Cumberland County.

SHARE - Heart of the Carolinas (Self Help and Resource Exchange) is based in Fayetteville NC. While they do not provide direct financial assistance, the agency does provide $25 to $30 worth of food and groceries in exchange for $15 in cash or food stamps plus two hours of community service in Cumberland County. Call (910) 485-6923.

Non-profit rent assistance - Several organizations, including churches, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations can help people pay their rent. There are also low income housing programs, section 8 deposit help and more. The demand is high, and funding is limited, however find information on Fayetteville rent assistance programs and local agencies.

Cumberland County Association for Indian People provides a senior citizens center, housing assistance and locater service. Or register for employment counseling, basic education classes and assistance for paying winter utility bills. May have rental assistance if eviction is imminent. 2173 Downing Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28312, (910) 483-8442 x22

Operation Blessing works with churches. Funds may be available for rent, food, transportation, energy bills and clothing. Free transitional housing and financial assistance may be disbursed. A food pantry and clothing closet are on site. Also may have free fans during the hot summer and blankets during the winter. Free toys are distributed to those in need. Address is 1337 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301, telephone (910) 483-1119

North Carolina utility prevention and disconnection programs are offered. Most utility companies (gas, electric, propane, etc.) offer low income as well as unemployed families help. Call for payment plans, extensions, abatements and more. Find low income utility bill  assistance in North Carolina.

Resources for stopping evictions and placing residents into shelters or low income apartments are available. There are charities in Fayetteville as well as the county that partner with HUD to issue vouchers for rent, credit counseling, and other aid. Clients of these housing programs include everyone from members of the military to seniors or single moms living in poverty. More information on eviction help Cumberland County North Carolina.

Alms House, Inc. - In addition to the pantry noted below, the charity may have clothing for work or school and other aid. This includes prescription vouchers, utility bill help, low income housing or grants for rent, and even local transportation in Cumberland County.




The agency realizes that every day there are families and individuals who are faced with the fear of not being able to pay their bills or rent. Many of these people are trying to get ahead, and they are trying to budget money, but an emergency or crisis may come up. Maybe an unexpected medical bill, or job loss occurs. When this happens, when income falls short of the budget, or if a crisis arises, many people may not have anywhere to turn. The address is 3909 Ellison Street, Hope Mills, NC 28348, or dial (910) 425-0902.

Multiple agencies offer free Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holiday help programs. Whether it is free Christmas toys for kids, a hot meal to the homeless or low income, or holiday parties, support is given. There are also Adopt a Family and other programs. More on free free holiday assistance in Cumberland County.

Holiday assistance from Salvation Army includes programs such as Angel Tree and Adopt a Family. The organization may be able to offer free meals, toys, gifts, and other items to needy families. Both children and seniors from Cumberland County North Carolina are the main beneficiaries. They also help military members, including those overseas. As resources allow, others may receive help around the holidays too. Get more information on Christmas help in Fayetteville NC.

Project People Who Care is run in partnership with the Salvation Army. As donations and contributions allow, PWC can help low income families and seniors pay their utility and air conditioning bills. It is similar to the Project Warmth program. (910) 483-1401

Fayetteville Housing Authority - While there is a long waiting list in place, the HUD certified agency administers section 8 vouchers as well as public and low income housing/apartments in the county. Self-sufficiency is also available along with referrals to homeless prevention services. The number is (910)-483-3648, or more on Fayetteville Metropolitan housing authority.

Fayetteville NC church assistance programs

A network of faith based groups coordinates assistance programs to people in need of help. Resources are limited, but the aim to to provide emergency support, referrals, and guidance. The programs offered include.

  • Emergency Assistance - This provides people with food, clothing, and other household products.
  • Home Repairs  - This is a program that provides for home repairs for low to moderate income Home Owners in the area. High quality contractors are used to complete the repairs and improvements.
  • Adult Literacy - Teaches people basic reading, writing, and other skills that can help them get a job.
  • Other services can be provided too, including referrals.
  • Find more information by dial (910) 483-1119, or find additional help from a church.




Debt and free credit repair counseling

The Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc. partners with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Fayetteville (CCCS). As a so called Neighborhood Financial Care Center, the agency offers a wide variety of services and resources to help people achieve their financial goals, and to help them eliminate their debts and pay bills. Services provided by CCCS include education in the wise use of credit cards, advice of preventing a foreclosure, and assistance with resolving debt problems (including medical and credit card) through counseling and debt management programs.

CCCS is a non-profit agency and a member of the National Foundation for Consumer Credit (NFCC). They are accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services and in addition, they are certified by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide comprehensive Debt and Housing Counseling services. Call them at (910) 485-6131, or click here to learn more on debt programs.

Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc. (phone (910) 485-6131) also runs various credit, bankruptcy, and mortgage programs. They partner with other local counselors to help people prevent a foreclosure of their home, and also deal with debt problems.

Members of the military, whether air force, national guard, or any branch can get free counseling from Military One Source. The federal government offers this service with non-profits. It is also open to veterans in Cumberland County and nationwide. Get help with saving money, paying down debts or relief programs, understanding how to invest and so much more. In person and remote counseling is offered, and learn more on Military One Source.

Foreclosure assistance

The State of North Carolina runs the Home Foreclosure Prevention Project (SHFPP). Homeowners can gain access to free legal assistance organizations, HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, mortgage servicers, government mortgage programs, and community organizations. (866) 234-4857

Cumberland County food banks, free groceries or meals

Abney Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church has a soup kitchen and food pantry on site. Applicants must be referred from Department of Social Services or other social service agencies. 332 Old Wilmington Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301, dial (910) 483-4384 for intake.







Alms House - This non-profit oversees community outreach. It is a charity ministry that is providing emergency food and clothing to the needy and poor. (910) 425-0902.

ASPIRE is part of the Cumberland Community Action Program. This is the food pantry component. Surplus government commodities, bags of groceries and more are passed out. (910) 223-0116.

Catholic Charities offers social services and free food too. Call . (910) 424-2020. They also may have information on or process the summer food program.

Partners in Ministry offers various assistance programs, including clothing, minor home repair, food, hot meals, and more. 12 Third Street East, Laurinburg, NC 28352, (910) 277-3355

Beatitude House - New South River Baptist Association of Spring Lake has clothes, toys, food, and household items. (910) 496-0925

Abney Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church. Call this pantry at (910) 483-4384.

Cumberland Salvation Army has a soup kitchen and information on other food programs from their social service department. Call, or learn more on Salvation Army programs in Cumberland County.

SHARE - Heart of the Carolinas food cooperative. (910) 485-6923.

Charity and free non-profit pantries or soup kitchens - Residents of Cumberland County have other programs to try. There are free boxes of groceries for low income families as well as seniors. Other resources include free Christmas meals, toys around the holidays, and applications to food stamps or WIC. Click here Fayetteville NC area free food pantries.

Community clinics, free medical care and health centers

Low income, and people with no or limited health insurance can turn to Better Health for support. The organization was founded with a goal impact and improve the quality of life for all Cumberland County residents. They accomplish this goal by providing a commitment to improving both the access and availability of health care, medical, and dental services for the underserved, low-income resident in Fayetteville and Cumberland County NC. Call (910) 483-7534

The CARE Clinic is based in Fayetteville, and the goal of the organization is to provide free, high quality health care to  low income adults as well as eligible uninsured patients and individuals who live in Cumberland County NC. Phone 910-485-0555.

Care Clinic offers basic medical and dental care for the uninsured. Services include Diagnostic Testing, a pharmacy for medications, Laboratory Tests, dental extraction and more. Or get referrals to specialists. It relies heavily on volunteer doctors and dentists to provide this assistance. 239 Robeson Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301. Call (910) 485-0555 for an appointment.

Children and teenagers can get free medical or dental care from CHIP. It is for low income households as well as middle income families too. It is a form of government insurance, and covers various health and medical conditions. More on CHIP healthcare for kids.





Sandhills Family Care a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients. May offer immunizations, routine physicals, and family planning. (910) 423-5160

Stedman Family Dental Center has variable billing and sliding scale fees for low income and uninsured patients. The clinic can offer cleanings, fluoride, exams and more. The center is in Stedman, North Carolina. Call (910) 483-3150.

Wade Family Medical Center is another local community clinic that also offer general dentistry. (910) 483-6694


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