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Public assistance in Guilford County.

Public assistance programs in Guilford County can help families pay for their basic needs. The government administers a number of services and resources for working poor, low income, and families who are faced with an emergency. Some programs are funded by the federal government, some by North Carolina, and Guilford County itself may provide public assistance as needed. Find help for food, medical bills, child care, and emergency cash assistance.

CHILD Day CARE Program – The county works with guardians and parents to provide day care and child care services and assistance. This will allow parents the ability to participate in a job or educational program that will lead to employment, help them keep a job, or it can provide child care to families with children who may not otherwise be able to pay for its cost. Call in High Point 845-7771 or Greensboro dial 641-3715.

The Guilford County and Greensboro Emergency Assistance Program can assist working poor, low income families, and people who are struggling. Individuals who live on a limited income and who do not have access to other resources can apply to this service. The county government can provide cash assistance to qualified low income families to help them cope with an immediate crisis. For example, if someone is faced with eviction, they may be able to get shelter or rental help. Other assistance can help pay for utilities or food when other options, including government assistance, is not available or has been used up. If you live in Greensboro dial 641-2517 or 641-2518. High Point families should call 845-7756.

One component of the Guilford County Emergency Assistance program is so called Crisis Intervention. This public funded program was created to assist qualified households that are experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency that is the result of a cooling or heating emergency. What it can do is it will provide temporary cash assistance to qualified Guilford County residents. It is a last resort, and people need to have used any available aid from local non-profits or federal or North Carolina government assistance. So it can only help when other resources are unavailable.

Emergency assistance can also assist with paying up to one month of rent or utility bills, even water bills as well. At most $300 will be provided, and only if all qualifications are met.

The Family and Children Medicaid Program is offered for low income and/or uninsured families who have dependent children. The public health care service can help people with medical bills that are related to doctor or hospital visits. Additional financial assistance is offered by Guilford County to help pay for prescription drug medications for pregnant women with or without children, children under age 20, and really all individuals up through age 20. The medical program assists with health care services such as doctor/dentist visits, hospital care, vision and eye care, transportation to health care if necessary, group home placement, mental health care, and prescription drug co-pays. Dial 845-7771 if you live in High Point, or 641-3000 in Greensboro.





Food assistance and nutrition, including SNAP food stamps, is a federal government funded food assistance program that helps low income individuals or families buy food. Eligible households receive monthly vouchers and government benefits to purchase food or meals, so at the end of the day low income families across Guilford County will receive food at no cost to them. Call EBT at 1-888-622-7328.

Cash and public assistance is offered from Work First. There are two components, including Family Assistance and Employment Services.

Family Assistance provides cash on a monthly basis for paying for basic needs. Also offered is Medicaid, which will temporarily assist families who are in crisis with medical bills. Each monthly payment provided as part of Guilford County Work First is based on the number of people in the family as well as available earned and unearned income in the household.

Apply for public assistance and government aid in Guilford County

Get help in finding a job from Employment Services. You will work with a Social Worker to develop a plan for increasing your skills and finding employment. The goal is to get people off of public assistance and government welfare. Each family needs to agree to and sign a Mutual Responsibility contract (MRA) that commits the participant to 35 to 40 hours of job search, employment, job readiness classes, or work experience.  In Greensboro NC dial, or High Point phone number 641-7771.

By Jon McNamara











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