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Stanly County assistance programs.

Get help with rent, counseling, and weatherization programs

In this weak economy there has been an increasing need for assistance with paying bills, including utility bills, insurance, and rent. Two local organizations may be able to help. The Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc. serves people in Stanly County and Albemarle North Carolina. Catholic Charities also has several programs. Learn more about both of these non-profit organizations below.

The SRCAA has the following programs.

  • Weatherization: It was designed to help residents who meet federal guidelines. The program will install, for free, energy saving improvements in peoples homes. It will include extra insulation, caulking, new windows, and more.
  • Self-sufficiency: This is a general assistance and counseling program. Employees of the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council will work closely with local individuals and families and help them get access to various forms of assistance, including rent help and energy bill assistance.
  • Case management and linkage - Qualified low income, unemployed, and struggling residents in Stanly can get help with various basic needs, mostly by referrals. The community action agency can direct clients to food programs (pantries and SNAP food stamps), eviction prevention services (such as rent and security deposit help), and job training, among other resources.
  • Education - GED training is offered for adults and the federal funded Head Start program can help children from lower income households.

Contact the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc., the local community action agency, at (704) 633-6633 to learn more about these or other programs. Or click here.

Rent help, utility bill help, free food, and tools to get out of and negotiate debt

Catholic Charities of the Albemarle Area offers these and other services. For example, they are “rewarding” individuals and families who complete its budget counseling program with a $25 food card. The card is free to people who complete the course.





The demand for services from Catholic Charities has increased. The non-profit agency has seen an increase with the recession in requests for assistance with paying numerous bills, including utility bills, rent, mortgages, and insurance.

One tool that can help people, as discovered by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, is the fact that debt and budget counseling can help people find the root causes of their financial situation that may have contributed to their inability to pay bills on time. So, with that in mind as a problem to solve, Catholic Charities wants to assist residents in improving their futures by helping them get out of debt.

Catholic Charities will instruct residents on budget planning, help them eliminate debt, negotiate credit card debts. They will also assist them in exploring future careers, getting job training, education and improve their  decision-making in the hope of improving residents’ financial situations. Last but not least, they can even help them negotiate medical bills.

If you are interested in more information on this program or if you want to sign up for debt assistance or budget counseling, contact Mark Elkins, Catholic Charities Case Manager, at 252-426-7717.

A second Community Action can support Stanly and Albemarle. This agency operates in Gaston as well. It provides case management services and energy bill help, such as weatherization. There are also services such as Head Start as well as a food pantry that operates in the region. Other programs include VITA for income tax filing and much more. Continue.



By Jon McNamara

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