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Union County North Carolina assistance programs.

Locate information on how to get help with bills and expenses. Find help for rent, utility bills, programs that provide free food, and legal aid.

Short term emergency help

One non-profit agency that offers a variety of programs is the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry. The organization was created from the result of a partnership formed between various local churches and religious organizations. The agency will work through their Crisis Assistance programs to determine individuals legitimate needs and to also provide these individuals and families the help they need to keep going. Get help in the form of free food, money for rent or utility bills, referrals to other North Carolina or federal government programs, and much more.  You can dial the agency at (704) 225-0440.

Another option is the local  Union County and Monroe Salvation Army. This organization also offers various forms of help. Find such programs as transitional housing, rental assistance, grants and funds for paying energy bills, community-building and fellowship for adults, senior programs, and food pantries. Call them at 704-872-5623.

Operation Reach-Out is operated from an office at 1308 Miller St., Monroe, NC 28110, call (704) 289-4237. The non-profit is committed to helping people in need.  A list of services offered are below.

They run a food pantry and clothing closet. Thrift stores are operated that will provide clothes and household items for men, children, and women. All items are offered at reduced prices. Financial assistance is very limited and restricted, and will paid out at most once per year for $100. No rent or housing assistance is provided. Some programs require a referral from the Union County DSS. Prescriptions are offered for up to $100.00 one time a year. Patients are first required to have gone to Community Health or clinic and a referral must come from  Financial assistance for heating bills and gasoline vouchers may be offered too.

Other agencies that support Union County include Housing - United Family Services, call (704) 332-9034 as well as Crisis Assistance Ministry, phone (704) 896-0471




Department of Human Services runs the state and federal government benefit programs for the county. The office, which is based in Monroe, can help very low income families and those in poverty apply for resources ranging from food stamps to LIHEAP for utility bills. Other programs are run too, and may include some or all of the following.

  • Housing solutions, including shelters, transitional homes, and security deposit help.
  • Medicaid can pay for a portion of medical bills.
  • General assistance is a grant program in Monroe County for basic household expenses, ranging from rent to food expenses.
  • Other benefits are offered too. More on public assistance in Monroe County.

Access free prescriptions

NC MedAssist is a North Carolina program that provides free prescription medications to the unemployed, low income and uninsured in the region. It does this by offer qualified patients access to drug company patient assistance programs, and MedAssist sends them medications directly to the patient. Click here to learn more on prescription programs, or call the organization at 704-536-1790.

Union County Community Action, Inc. Community Services Block Grant

The community action agency provides low to moderate income families, the unemployed and elderly with financial assistance, and more importantly the opportunity to become self-sufficient over the long term. They offer case management and grants that will help clients of the agency find employment, provide rent and housing funds, and provides other support. A major focus is on basic needs.

To this end, there may be financial assistance through rental payments, rent security deposits, money for utility bill payments, and purchase of food. Additional services offered include money for the purchase of school books, tuition assistance programs, and job seeking services are all available to case management participants and members of the program. Call the Union County Community Action Agency at (704) 283-7583.





Free civil legal aid

If you are facing a foreclosure, being evicted from your apartment, were illegally or questionable terminated from your job, had your utility service disconnected, or have other legal programs, the non-profit firm of Legal Aid of North Carolina offers free legal advice. They can even offer free foreclosure prevention legal advice. Call the main office at 919-856-2564.


By Jon McNamara











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