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Elizabeth City assistance programs.

Utility, housing and heating bill assistance

The local government in Elizabeth City North Carolina has agreed to double the amount of money the city makes will use to help pay utility and heating bills. The total aid provided will now amount to $20,000. This free cash grants will be provided to customers to help customers with heating and utility bills in January and February. The Salvation Army administers the funds at no cost to the city and will also distribute the money to those in need. The additional funds are intended to help those Elizabeth City customers who have the most difficulty paying for heating and electricity bills. Dial 252-338-5115

The leading agency in Elizabeth City North Carolina to turn to for financial help is the Economic Improvement Council, Inc. This is the local community action agency.

One of the leading programs, especially for children is Head Start. The federal government funded Head Start social services/education program can offers families, individuals, and their children opportunities and support for growth, so that they may identify their own strengths, needs, and interests for long term development. A child in the Head Start program will receive the following services, including hearing, speech, language, vision exams and tests, developmental and social emotional screenings. Every child will also have a free or low cost dental examination by a licensed dentist in the region. Find other North Carolina dental clinics.

The family self sufficiency program and rent help are offered from a couple options. One being information on government assistance programs, such as homeless prevention. And another one of the primary low income housing program being section 8 housing. A NC section 8 housing voucher is paid to the landlord in Elizabeth City directly by the community action agency on behalf of  the participating family who is enrolled in the program. The amount of the subsidy and cash grant paid to the landlord is determined by the families total household income, number of household members who are in the program, and allowable deduction in  combination with the contract rent price and utility cost for the home they select. The goal is to limit the amount of money the low income family needs to pay towards rent. Read more on North Carolina section 8 housing.

Call the Elizabeth City community action agency Economic Improvement Council, Inc. at (252) 482-4458 for more information or to apply for help.




By Jon McNamara

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