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Robeson County assistance programs.

Low income families and those in an emergency can get financial help. Find where to apply at for rent help (from charities); free food or clothes (from church pantries); medical or dental care (from clinics); case management and more in Robeson County. A combination of government grants in the county as well as loans from Lumberton charities, free stuff, and other support is available.

Rental assistance

The Four-County Community Services, Inc. assists Lumberton NC and Robeson county residents. The non-profit organization can provide families with access to programs that can help pay rent, and/or prevent evictions. They include the federal government funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program, and Section 8 subsidies. Both of them are intended to keep people in their current apartment or home. The Homeless Prevention Program can pay for up to 18 months of rent for qualified applicants.

Heating Appliance Repair/Replacement Program (HARRP)

This is an assistance program that helps homeowners replace appliances, and in general save on their energy bills. Last year the community action agency repaired or replaced various home appliances and units for 102 homes, and the number of people helped from HARRP increases every year. Applicants can receive repairs to or a replacement furnace, new air conditioning unit, or more. The HARRP program is designed to make homes more energy efficient through improving the use of energy conserving equipment. Continue with the heating repair and replacement programs.

Urgent Home Repair Program

This will install free upgrades and repairs to peoples homes. To be eligible for this assistance, applicants must be facing threats to life from their unsafe dwelling, and/or safety in the very near future. Repairs can also be made to peoples homes if they will be displaced if the home is not handicap accessible.




Weatherization assistance

This is another program that is funded by the federal government. It will help make homes more energy efficient, and can help people reduce their utility bills by hundreds of dollars per year. The Federal Government Weatherization Act provides assistance that will pay for all costs for improvements up to $4000. So the program is free to qualified families.

The program works by having a contractor perform an energy assessment or audit to identify the most cost effective energy improvements that need to occur to an applicants home. After this is done, upgrades will be performed, including installing insulation, caulking, new windows, and more. Weatherization is free to the homeowner.

Contact Four-County Community Services, Inc. at (910) 277-3500 for more information or to apply to any assistance program. Other resources are available as well. Locate more details on financial help from Four-County Community Services.

Financial assistance for bills, rent, medications in Robeson County

Church & Community Center, which is based in Lumberton, offers emergency assistance. The programs offered include emergency financial assistance with paying expenses and bills such as electricity, heating gas, water, prescription medication, and they have money for past due rent. In addition, the center also provides information and referrals for furniture, clothing, and such emergency aid for household items to families burned out. A food pantry is also on site, and can provide prepared food boxes, $40.00 value, per household. (910) 738-5204

Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance in Pembroke NC. Dial (910) 521-7861. The program will help and assist with people and families who are moving or behind on their rent or energy bills. Will pay up to $600 towards these expenses.

RC Social Services (phone (910) 671-3000) provide eligible, low income and elderly families assistance through the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP). Aid will be distributed based on available funding to help with a heating crisis in winter or a cooling bill crisis in summer. And, in addition the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is another option and it is a one time energy payment to families to assist with heating costs and cooling expenses.





Church & Community Center - Red Springs - Programs include a payment of a portion of rent, utility bills, travel, lodging, and some assistance with prescription medicine. In some cases, short term assistance may be disbursed for security deposits. They also operate a clothing closet and food pantry, baby layettes, have toiletry kits and vouchers for clothing or household items. The charity also has kits for low-income families with school age children. 600 West 5th Street, Lumberton, NC 28358, (910) 843-4120

The Lumberton Salvation Army partners with other corp centers in the region. Rental, energy bill assistance, medications and other financial aid can be provided by the Emergency Services program. This is for the low income that are faced with a crisis but who would otherwise be self-sufficient. Other resources available in Robeson County include the following.

The homeless or families facing eviction can get shelter and housing from Step-Up Semi Independent Living. Free Christmas assistance (meals and gifts) is provided by the Angel Tree program. Students may receive back to school supplies and food/meals are distributed from pantries. Several other social services are administered. More on Salvation Army financial aid in Robeson County.

Free Christmas and Thanksgiving programs - Find churches, charities, and other agencies that offer assistance during the holidays. Struggling families may be given free Christmas toys; food boxes; groceries; presents; and even Thanksgiving turkeys. More on free holiday and Christmas assistance in Robeson County.

Section 8 housing vouchers, rental assistance, and emergency housing is available in in Robeson County. Several area agencies, including churches and non-profits, can help. They use loans, donations and government grants to pay for their programs, whether it a security deposit, rent, or shelter. Learn more on Robeson County rental assistance.

Christian Care Center assistance programs has a few main programs, and they include free hot meals (as well as food) and a homeless shelter. They also give referrals as well as other support around housing, substance abuse, lodging, and other information in Lumberton and Robeson County. More details on Lumberton Christian Care Center assistance programs.

Community and health care facilities and clinics

Some of the doctors, organizations, and community clinics to contact in Robeson and Lumberton include. They can provide advice and information on North Carolina and government programs, and help patients deal with professionals to deal with medical debts. Thee programs are offered in partnership with clinics and non-profits. More on medical debt help in North Carolina.

  • Medical Clinic, Dr. A.J. Robinson - A primary care physician (910) 738-3957
  • Medical Clinic, Johnson ((910) 843-4516) is located in Red Springs. Clinics are also located in Fairmont ((910) 628-0655) and Rowland ((910) 422-3350)

Food banks in Robeson County North Carolina

Partners in Ministry is based in Laurinburg. Dial (910) 277-3377 for hours.

Feeding Program for the Homeless has weekend hunger bags for the poor in Robeson County, breakfast and lunch, and monthly family grocery and food boxes. They also have referral services (substance abuse/recovery, FAFSA and food stamps). 303 College Street, Pembroke, NC 28372, call (910) 521-2685





Sacred Pathways Inc. and their Weekend Hunger Bags or food. (910) 521-2685

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina may have limited rental or housing assistance. (910) 521-7861

There are dozens of other food pantries and feeding programs to try. Whether it is a free box of groceries, information on how to apply for SNAP food stamps, Christmas meals or toys, or more, try these agencies. More on food pantries in Robeson County.


By Jon McNamara

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