Granville and Franklin County assistance programs.

Agencies to contact for help in the region include your local community action agency, social service office, and non-profits. The leading organizations to call for assistance with paying for expenses, such as your rent and energy bills, are below. Also explore job finding and training programs.

Franklin-Granville-Warren Opportunity, Inc. is the community action agency. The programs they administer are extensive. Get information below including on who to call and the application process.

The Single-Family Rehabilitation Program (SFR) – Lower income disabled and elderly homeowners can receive funds, and very low interest rate loans, to pay for the comprehensive rehabilitation and repairs of their home. The amount of aid provided will range from $5,000 up to $40,000.

The Section 8 Housing Assistance Program provides hundreds of families with rental assistance so they can afford safe and affordable homes and apartments. Section 8 vouchers can even be applied to the down payment to buy a new home.

Urgent Repair Program (URP) is a similar program, but it deals with housing issues that pose an imminent threat to housing needs that are unsafe or that make a home unlivable. The housing program provides updates such as energy repairs and modifications that will prevent the eviction or displacement of the very low income, with a focus on single parents, the elderly, and disabled. The program can pay for improvements such as repair or installation of roofs, structural failure of porches, ramps, walls, and more. Other improvements can include the repair and replacement of plumbing and electrical systems, heating systems, air conditioning units, and water heaters.

The community action agency of Franklin County also runs Weatherization & HARRP. This federal program will pay for improvements to keep your home cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter. It pays for caulk and/or weather-stripping your doors and windows, will replace broken rotten window sashes and window panes. It can also replace and/or repair damaged heating and/or air conditioning units.





Job programs from the Economic Self-Sufficiency Project. It will help the unemployed and people looking to build skills. Receive comprehensive job training, employment preparation, development, placement and retention program. The objective is to help low income and unemployed find a job, or improve their skills and therefore income.

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is paid for by HUD and will also focus on self-sufficiency. It will, among other things, establish a savings account for families, help them by developing a budget, and refer individuals to government and public assistance programs, including those that can help with paying bills and/or rent. Read more.

Transportation Assistance is offered for people who receive case management and attend the job programs. These individuals are eligible to receive transportation assistance, which is a card for buying gasoline, for up to ten weeks.

The North Carolina Home Protection Pilot Program and Loan Fund is available in Granville and Franklin NC. People who have lost their jobs can receive assistance in avoiding a foreclosure from the loan fund.  Zero percent loans of up to $20,000 are offered to help qualifying homeowners resolve their mortgage delinquency issues and get back on track, and most importantly provide people time. The loan can be used to pay your mortgage.

Employability & Soft Skills Training can help residents address and improve their communication, motivational, retention and other skills needed to increase their likelihood of both obtaining and retaining a job.

Head Start will help prepare economically disadvantaged families and children, and will prepare them for school, provide food, and address medical issues. Lower income, qualified children are provided with free nutritious meals including breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Medical care provided includes free dental, medical, mental health and nutrition services. Their parents can also receive help finding a job and get advice on ways to improve their overall financial condition.





The Franklin-Granville-Warren Opportunity, Inc. partners with the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling agency. This is a HUD approved non-profit agency that provides foreclosure intervention counseling in response to the foreclosure crisis impacting North Carolina and the entire nation for that matter. So homeowners are provided free foreclosure counseling and information on the vast array of mortgage assistance programs. Click here for more on the counseling agency.

The community action agency is based in Henderson, North Carolina 27536, and can be reached at (252) 492-0161. Read more Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity.

Social Services is another leading organization to call for help. There are two locations in the region, as noted below. The main resource they offer is known as Family Support. It includes services for employment to training, food, health care, and much more. Receive both short term financial assistance, and longer term support.

  • LIHEAP and Crisis Intervention Program - Assists with cooling and heating emergencies and bills.
  • Work First Family Assistance – Will pay out short-term cash assistance for bills and rent and other expenses. At the same time, services such as job search are offered to help residents become employed.
  • Food & Nutrition Services – Includes programs such as food stamps, WIC, and other emergency aid.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance (EA) - Limited cash assistance for bills is offered by social services for low income families and single parents with children under the age of 18. Read more North Carolina emergency aid.
  • Federal Government Medicaid – Health care and medical assistance for eligible low income and uninsured disabled adults, families, individuals over 65, as well as other qualified Medicare beneficiaries and even seniors and individuals in nursing homes.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program – This is offered by FEMA, but it can provide financial assistance for buying food and paying for shelter-related needs, such as emergency rent help.
  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program - A one-time cash grant/benefit to assist with heating expenses. Money can also pay for summertime cooling bills.
  • Free Food Assistance – Assistance offered in form of referrals to other food banks in the county as well as thru Care and Share.
  • Progress Energy Neighbor – Get assistance on this program, which can help with heating costs for Progress and Duke Energy customers.
  • General Assistance (GA) – Cash and funds utilized to assist clients in emergency situations with life essential needs for food and shelter, prescription medication, housing, etc.
  • Assistance with daycare costs – Offers cash assistance to working parents with partial cost of daycare bills.
  • Transportation assistance – Offered to help individuals and patients with medical related transportation.
  • Wake Electric Energy customers – Apply for Wake Electric Round-up, which is financial assistance for heating bills.
  • Domestic Violence Funds – Assists victims of domestic violence, whether females or children, to maintain a safe environment for their families.
  • Services for the Blind – A case worker from the State of North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind assists visually impaired persons in Franklin and Granville with various services.

Te programs listed above are offered by Franklin County Social Services, 107-A Industrial Drive, Louisburg, North Carolina 27549, dial (919) 496-5721 as well as Granville County Department of Social Services, 107 Lanier Street, Oxford, NC 27565, phone number (919) 693-1511




Non-profit and charity sponsored rent assistance is available to very low income families with a job. There are also housing solutions for the disabled and seniors in Granville and nearby counties. Find information on agencies that may have grants available and other forms of one time help for paying back rent. More information.

Food pantries in Granville and Franklin County

God's Vision Ministries – Is open on the second and fourth Saturdays. The address is 315 East River Road, Louisburg, North Carolina 27549, phone (919) 496-7822

A general Food Pantry is at 516 Beckford Dr., Henderson, North Carolina 27536, dial (252) 492-8231. A voucher required from DSS. If qualified, grocery assistance and free food is given out at most once every three months.

Faith Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road, Youngsville, North Carolina 27596, phone (919) 556-3420


By Jon McNamara

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