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Assistance programs Granville and Franklin County NC.

Charities, churches and government agencies provide financial help in Franklin as well as Granville County. Find where to get rent or utility assistance as well as free food or gas vouchers. Or get clothes, free furniture, or information on low-income housing in Wake Forest, Louisburg and other cities.

Agencies to contact for financial help or free stuff in the region are below. The main locations include your local community action agency, social service office, and non-profits. The leading organizations to call for free grant money with paying for expenses, such as back rent, car repairs and energy bills, are below. Also explore job finding and training programs.

Financial help from community action agency

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 or apartments. There are also homes with no waiting lists in the region, including the city of Wake Forest NC. 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 on Familiy Self-Sufficiency.
  • Free 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. There are also free car and loans for paying expenses.
  • Mortgage help is offered. There are HUD programs as well as resources from the state of NC, such as the North Carolina Home Protection Pilot Program and Loan Fund is available in Granville and Franklin
  • 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 National Foreclosure Mitigation counseling agency.

The community action agency is based in 180 South Beckford Drive. Henderson, NC 27536 and can be reached at (252) 492-0161. Read more on Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity.





Get free food, stuff, and help for bills in Franklin or Granville County

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 on 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.
  • Cash assistance is also offered in the counties. The TANF program, known as Work First, provides short term financial help to pay for basic needs. It is combined with case management, financial literacy, job programs and more. More on Work First cash assistance in NC.

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,  410 W Spring St, Oxford, NC 27565, phone number (919) 693-1511

The Salvation Army of Henderson is based at 2292 Ross Mill Rd, Henderson, NC 27537. They provide, as funding allows, emergency financial help for emergency bills, such as electric. Or get free stuff including hygiene supplies, back to school items for kids, Christmas toys and more. There is also a free food pantry and soup kitchen. Call (252) 438-7107.

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 on rent assistance in northern NC.





Free 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


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