Henderson County North Carolina assistance programs.

Low income families and those in a crisis can get help from churches, charities, government social services or non-profits. Find help with paying rent, mortgages or security deposits in Henderson County. Or get cash grants to pay electric, heating or utility bills. Or find free boxes of food from local pantries, school supplies as well as medical or dental care in Hendersonville.

Learn where to apply for help with those bills as well as how to get job training, job training and placement, free gas vouchers, and other support. As noted below, there are many charities in the Henderson County region that offer everything from free Christmas toys or furniture to financial aid, section 8 home buying programs, prescription drug help and more.

Get rent help and assistance with utility bills

The Interfaith Assistance Ministry (IAM) has helped almost 400 people with paying rent and utility bills just during the first half of 2009. Over the years, thousands of others have been assisted. The faith based non-profit has distributed tens of thousands of dollars in aid to Henderson County residents and in particular those who live in Hendersonville North Carolina. They will assist people of all faiths and religions.

IAM has criteria for people to meet before they receive aid. The organization uses a thorough, detailed screening process to determine whether applicants meet the income requirements and other criteria for financial help, and families and individuals can even be referred to other charities or agencies that do not use such an exacting process as IAM. Everything from grants for paying rent to clothing, medications, or food may be provided. Dial the Hendersonville NC agency at 697-7029, or read more on services from Interfaith Assistance Ministry.





Salvation Army - Henderson County is one of the leading social service agencies in the region. The Salvation Army can provide utility and cooling bill assistance (only can get help once a year and must have disconnect notice); A limited amount of rental assistance may be offered (apply at most once a year, must have eviction notice from the sheriff; Not able to assist individuals renting month to month basis or lease).

Other support from the charity may be food and grocery assistance (apply for food once every 90 days); Shelter, New or gently used clothing assistance (once every 90 days); Emergency lodging; Prescription Vouchers, and applications to the federal government USDA Commodity Program. A free Food Pantry is also open on site. Hendersonville North Carolina based (828) 693-4181, or click more information on Hendersonville Salvation Army assistance programs.

Western Carolina Community Action runs several low income programs and offers aid for the working poor, elderly, disabled, and unemployed. Among services provided include the North Carolina Section 8 Voucher housing/rent subsidy program. This provides rental assistance that is based on number in the household and the applicants total income.





That is not the only service provided to the less fortunate and low income. Staff from the community action agency can provide guidance, referrals, and information on government benefits and local non-profits. They are also involved in administering programs such as Head Start or Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS). Western Carolina community action is one of the main places in the area to call for assistance. They can also guide people through low income energy programs, such as LIHEAP as well as weatherization. Call (828) 693-1711, or click here Western Carolina Community Action.

The cost of housing is a challenge in Henderson County. There are various financial aid programs for housing including rent (see this page) as well as programs that focus on seniors, single moms or dads, and the disabled. Whether low cost apartments or loans for buying a home, help is offered. Even find rental assistance for single mom from charities.

Henderson County clothing closets supply items to very low income families. There may be free clothes for adults, children, and the homeless. Whether it is a uniform for school or professional work attire, clients may be able to get assistance. Other goods may be diapers, baby cribs, furniture, school backpacks or supplies and much more. Read Henderson County free school supplies and clothes closets.

Local housing programs - Whether it is emergency rental assistance, shelter, section 8 vouchers, or free legal aid to contest an eviction, assistance is available. There is support from non-profit organizations as well as PHA (public housing authorities) and even government aid, such as SSVF. All the programs assistance with either security deposits, rent, or other housing needs. Continue with rent assistance in Henderson County.

Churches as well as faith based groups also serve Henderson County and western North Carolina. The vulnerable, poor, low income and disadvantaged can receive everything from a meal to clothing or housing. Several locations serve the needy with their basic needs. Find a listing of local churches that help with rent or utility bills.

Free or low cost prescription drugs, medical or dental care, and healthcare assistance is available. Hendersonville area families and patients struggle with medical bills as well as the cost of prescription drugs. Some of the options include:

  • Community clinics.
  • Prescription and pharmaceutical drug programs.
  • Resources for the uninsured.
  • There are other resources in the county. Read more on help paying health care deductibles.





Henderson County food assistance programs

In addition to the program above, there are a number of local food pantries in the Henderson area that provide assistance to those in need, such as Fishes and Loaves at Etowah First United Methodist Church, Angel Food Ministries, and the Storehouse. Call (423) 476-4504

The Hendersonville Rescue Mission (phone (828) 697-1354) does have a general meal service as well to the public, but shelter guests can also get food. East Flat Rock First Baptist Church (phone (828) 692-0765) has holiday meals and an emergency pantry on site as well. There are many other assistance programs that feed the working poor, senior, and children. Or learn about applying for SNAP food stamps. More Henderson County free food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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