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Harnett County assistance programs.

Low income, elderly, the unemployed, and elderly individuals can turn to the Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action Inc. as well as the Salvation Army for help with bills. The Community Action Agency offers the programs immediately below.

Foreclosure assistance and help with mortgage default

The agency has HUD certified counselors who can work directly with the homeowner and lender. Some of the assistance provided include the counselor working with the borrower and lender to negotiate or provide mediation solutions. They can also refer people to federal government and other North Carolina assistance programs. Click here to learn more on state of North Carolina foreclosure programs.

Weatherization and furnace replacement programs

Qualified homeowners can receive free weatherization services, which will help them reduce their utility bills, as well as access to furnace repair and replacement programs. Another the services provided include rehabilitating and improving substandard housing, including providing urgent repairs and replacement of heating units when funds are available and also the installation of fee energy conserving updates to a home.

Crisis assistance

Last, but not least, the Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action Inc. provides a crisis component that will help people pay for bills and everyday expenses. The program provides for emergency assistance in a crisis situation. The agency may be able to provide funding to low income and other qualified individuals when there are no other resource or options available. The assistance provided comes from The United Way, local churches, local area ministries, charities, and emergency shelter and food grants. Also the agency can refer people to food closets that are located throughout the county.

Referrals are usually provided by JLHCA. The community action agency can help by offering information on local pantries or federal benefits such as SNAP food stamps. Many low income families in Harnett County use those services as well.

 

 

 

 

Another place to turn to for help is the The Presbytery of New Hope, which will assist people by providing them free food and can also help pay for rent and security deposits.

Call the Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc. at (919) 934-2145. Or read more.

Emergency programs

Another option is the Salvation Army, which can be reached at (919) 934-9102. this non-profit charity organization provides assistance and grants to Harnett County families, individuals and residents in the form of food, rent help, clothing, shelter, and direct financial aid for bills such as utility and prescriptions. the agency also offers advocacy services, referral services, guidance services, counseling, and information on other federal and NC assistance programs.

 

 

 

By Jon McNamara

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