Johnston County North Carolina assistance programs.

Emergency help for paying bills

The Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers several services and resources to low and moderate income families in the county. The emergency plan provides emergency grants and other forms assistance to people who need help with bills and are facing a crisis situation. Funding is available to help meet crisis needs of individuals when there is no other resource or programs available to them. Emergency assistance comes from local churches, charities, local area ministries, The United Way, Catholic Charities, and emergency shelter and food grants. In addition, food closets are located throughout the area and they are run by local area ministries volunteers and work closely with the community action agency. You can get help for utility bills, food, vouchers for gasoline, and more as funding is available.

Rent help and eviction prevention

Another component of the emergency program above referenced above is rent aid. The Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action partners with the Presbytery of New Hope. Together these two organizations coordinate programs to assist the renters with housing expenses. They can help them pay rent, assist them with buying food, and even assist with rental and security deposits.




While the funding levels vary, in some cases assistance may be provided from JLHCA in the form of a no interest loan. Also, the demand for assistance is high, and many individuals will not be able to access it. When the Johnston County agency is out of funds for assisting with rent, other referrals may be given.

Debt counseling, job finding services, and more

The community action agency also offers programs and support to help people become self-sufficient. They run workshops and counseling sessions, and provide advice to individuals in need. These sessions are planned to provide group training for family members. The workshops are based on the needs of our clients and local residents. For example, people can receive help finding a job, employment services, credit and debt counseling, foreclosure advice, and other motivational workshops.





Foreclosure counseling

The agency is also a federal government Certified Housing Urban Development (HUD). They provide free foreclosure assistance to homeowners. A housing counselor will work with the family to provide default and delinquent mortgage counseling for homeowners that may be in trouble with paying their mortgage or who need advice on how to save their home. The housing counselor will work with the client and the bank or lender to develop a payment plan, and can refer the homeowner to other mortgage programs, including those offered by North Carolina. Read more.

Housing and weatherization assistance

Yet another assistance program offered is weatherization and home repairs. Some of the services offered as a result of this program include :

  • Rehabilitation, and homeownership repair program
  • Home heating repair systems, including furnaces and more. More.
  • Grants for rehabilitating substandard housing. These can provide urgent home repairs when funds are available
  • Repairing or the replacement of home heating systems when needed
  • Weatherization assistance, including the North Carolina Heating Appliance Repair/Replacement Program
  • Energy saving tips, workshops and free advice.

Stop by or call them Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc.. They are located at 1102 Massey Street, in Smithfield North Carolina, and can be reached at (919) 934-2145. Call them to learn about these or other programs that can help pay bills or provide assistance. Or continue with Johnston Community Action programs.




Crisis intervention programs

Smithfield and Johnston County Salvation Army (phone (919) 934-9257) runs numerous programs including they help low income people with free food and giving them toys for Christmas and Thanksgiving plus. They also may run other programs and provide financial assistance for bills, rent, medical needs, and other expenses.

They are a leading charity for the region. While the funding is limited and income conditions will need to be met, if the Johnston County centers can provide the help needed, then they often have referrals to other resources. For example, case managers will have details on local food pantries or clinics for medical care. Much more is provided too. More on Salvation Army programs Johnston County.

Another option is the Smithfield Rescue Mission. Phone number (919) 934-9257. This charity organization serves the hungry in Johnston County, homeless, and hurting men with clothing, providing free meals and groceries, counseling, food boxes, health kits, and also holiday gift bags.

Basic needs and food in Johnston County

The primary place to turn to would be a non-profit food pantry. Volunteers at the centers, such as Benson Area Ministerial Association, can try to meet the needs of the struggling family. There are over 20 pantries and soup kitchens in the Johnston County region, including Catholic Charities (call (919) 790-8533)), New Life Deliverance (dial (919) 894-2208) and others.

Receive free food, groceries, Thanksgiving and holiday meals, and more. The staff at this centers may also direct very low income families to programs such as food stamps or Meals on Wheels. Read more food pantries Johnston County.



By Jon McNamara

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