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Assistance programs Jacksonville and Onslow County.

Find financial assistance from churches, the government, and charities. Learn where to apply for cash aid for paying rent or security deposits, utility bill help, food programs or free groceries, medical care, and more in Jacksonville North Carolina and the county.

Veterans and military families can be given grants and other loans or cash aid. There is also free stuff for low income families and discounts for military members, including Shopmyexchange. There are many places that offer emergency and long term help, even including child care or free medications, in Onslow County.

Financial assistance and self-sufficiency program in Onslow County

Onslow County based Coastal Community Action, Inc. offers direct financial assistance and cash grants to needy individuals. The funds can towards paying for job search expenses and job retention, tuition, books and supplies. There are also free grant money programs for child care, housing (such as rent and mortgage payments), pr money management and budgeting. They also run free debt-elimination programs, work materials, supplies and uniforms, transportation and crisis intervention.

In addition, the agency can make referrals to other NC and federal government programs, and these referrals are made for numerous situations, including medical emergencies, mental and emotional wellness, and health physicals for employment and education purposes, other crisis interventions case-by-case, and housing solutions. You can reach the community action agency at (252) 223-1630.

Energy saving programs are offered as well. Two services offered are the Heating and Air Repair or Replacement Program (HARRP) as well as the weatherization program. Both of these resources focus on reducing the energy cost (including heating and cooling bills) of elderly, low income, and disabled individuals across the state.

The HARRP program focuses on repairing or replacing heating and air conditioning units, while weatherization involves installing (for free) improvements to the home such as extra insulation, new widows, or more. Coastal Community Action, Inc.  also runs this program, and you can call them at (252) 223-1630.




Onslow Community Action offers other resources too As indicated above, they serve the entire region, including the city of Jacksonville and other areas of the county. Extensive services are offered for the low income, including the Single Family Rehabilitation Program, weatherization, and rent help from section 8 vouchers. They also have information on government benefits such as LIHEAP or SNAP food stamps. Case managers also assist veterans and their families. More on Coastal Community Action programs.

One of the non-profit agencies that offers several services to residents is Onslow Community Outreach (910-455-5733). Some of the programs and resources they offer include those listed below. Many are run in partnership with other charities or churches.

  • Caring Community Health Clinic - This facility provides free basic healthcare, medical and dental services as well as prescription medication for people who range in age from 18-64. The applicants must be  uninsured and within 175% of the federal government established poverty level.
  • Benevolent Services Program - This option provides up to $50 annually to eligible clients who have fallen behind on their utility bills or rent. Find more on rent help.
  • Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen - The Soup Kitchen is aimed at helping the indigent and/or elderly who are in need of a nutritious meal. It provides groceries and other free food.
  • Back to school supplies - It can be challenging to pay for these. The outreach group, and other charities, offer uniforms, backpacks, and more. Locate free school supplies for students.





Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency provides social services, application to public aid, and stabilization services. There are assistance programs for veterans as well as low income housing for the disabled in Onslow County. ECHSA administers the Community Services Block Grant, which may offer funds to pay rent to prevent evictions and other financial aid. Daycare, weatherization, and other programs are administered as well. Click more Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency.

Regional Salvation Army programs - All assistance either requires a referral from DSS or is only offered on a one time basis. The main programs include funds for paying electric or utility bills, housing, and free food or clothing for work or school. There is also a Angel Tree free Christmas toy program in Onslow County as well as disaster relief, a food pantry, free school supplies, and counseling. More on Onslow County Salvation Army programs.

Free food and meal programs are available across Jacksonville and the county from several different pantries. Non-profit organizations work to help prevent hunger. They may offer everything from applications to SNAP food stamps to clothing, holiday meals and a box of free food. Find free Onslow County food pantries.

Jacksonville area non-profits administer rent assistance programs. Funds can be used to help low income families and those living in poverty but that are employed. A particular focus is on military personnel as well as families in Onslow County with children. Find where to turn to for a grant for rent or other financial aid, such as deposit help, loans or counseling. Read Onslow County rent help.

Free child care

Free Drop-in Child Care is offered by PEERS (phone number 910-938-5447) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is offered for children who range in ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. This child care assistance program provides relief and support to families with children who need a break, especially helpful for those whose spouse might be deployed oversees.

The federal government also provides free daycare vouchers. They help single moms, military families, and the working poor. Regional child care providers accept them for payment, and find more details on free government daycare.

Free legal aid

Legal Aid wants to remove barriers to legal access for low income, the unemployed, and others. It is a non-profit law firm that helps as many people in Onslow County as possible. They will aggressively and consistently provide high quality free legal advice and services for low income individuals and also disadvantaged throughout the region. Some of the highest demand these days is the request for free legal assistance for foreclosures and eviction prevention aid. Call the law firm at 1-800-672-9304, or click here to learn more of free legal advice in North Carolina.





Senior programs in Onslow County and Jacksonville

If you need help with health care issues, Friends of Aging is a local Jacksonville based organization that distributes needed medical supplies that are not covered by medicare or other federal or North Carolina state government program to elderly individuals who otherwise could not afford to pay for these supplies or health care needs. They only help seniors over the age of 55. Call 910-455-2747.

Friends may also be able to help with utility bills when the cost of healthcare and medical expenses has made it so a senior citizen is unable to pay a bill because it came down to either buying their medications or keeping their electricity on. Any utility bill help is a one time a year help. It is meant to help someone sustain but not to be something that someone relies on.


By Jon McNamara

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