Help for Single Mothers in NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina, NC

North Carolina’s economy isn’t working for everyone, and for some it’s downright broken. The poorest of the poor in “The Old North State” are the ones who are being hurt the most — notably single mothers and their families.

North Carolina Work First Family Assistance #

Work First Family Assistance is North Carolina’s version of TANF that offers up to 24 months of temporary cash assistance and employment services to needy families.

In North Carolina, a family is considered “needy” when their countable income is less than $544 a month for a family of three. The limit for countable resources is $3,000.

Unless exempt, most families receiving Work First Family Assistance payments are subject to mandatory work requirements of at least 35 hours per week.

How do I apply for Work First in NC?

Applications for the Work First can be made at your local Departments of Social Services in the county in which you reside. All applications will be screened, evaluated for eligibility, and processed, usually within forty-five (45) days.

North Carolina Benefit Diversion #

Benefit Diversion is an alternative to traditional cash assistance and helps families who are experiencing a temporary crisis associated with employment or other sources of financial stability.

A one-time lump-sum payment equal to a maximum of three (3) months worth of Work First Family Assistance benefits will be given to neediest families in North Carolina.

Families who are experiencing financial emergency may also be eligible for Emergency Assistance to pay for housing, utilities, food, gas, and/or medicine.

Emergency Assistance is limited to nonrecurring, short-term benefits and is designed to deal with a specific episode of need.

North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services #

North Carolina's Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is an entitlement program that helps eligible North Carolinians purchase the food they need for a nutritionally adequate and well-balanced diet.

Families are issued an EBT card and pay for their groceries at any USDA authorized retailer by using the card, which works like a debit card, at the checkout counter.

Elderly age 65 or older who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be eligible for Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), a simplified version of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).

How do I apply for food stamps in NC?

North Carolina residents can use an online tool called ePASS to submit application or screen themselves for potential eligibility for Food and Nutrition Services.

North Carolina Special Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) #

North Carolina WIC provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals for health care, at no cost.

WIC is available to pregnant, breast feeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 whose family income is less than 185% of the poverty level

What is the income limit for WIC in North Carolina?

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $2,248
  • 2 $3,040
  • 3 $3,833
  • 4 $4,625
  • 5 $5,418
  • 6 $6,210
  • 7 $7,003
  • 8 $7,795

Families receiving Medicaid, Work First Families Assistance (TANF), or assistance from the NC Food and Nutrition Services automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

How do I apply for WIC in NC?

To apply for the WIC in NC, please contact the office of the local WIC agency that serves the residents of the county in which you live to make an appointment.

North Carolina Medicaid #

North Carolina Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who cannot afford health care costs. It serves low-income parents, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

North Carolina is not participating in Medicaid expansion — as a result, many uninsured adults in the state who would have been newly-eligible for Medicaid will still remain ineligible for coverage.

Most beneficiaries are enrolled under NC Medicaid Managed Care where they choose or are assigned to a health plan and receive care through the health plan’s network of doctors and health professionals.

For a list of doctors for each health plan, call 1-833-870-5500 or use the NC Medicaid Managed Care mobile app.

What is the income limit for Medicaid in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, Medicaid eligibility for non-disabled adults is limited to adults age 19-64 and parents with incomes below 37% of poverty, or about $9,200 a year for a single mother of two.

NC Health Works 216% 201% 37%
1 $31,490 $29,310 $5,390
2 $42,600 $39,640 $7,300
3 $53,700 $49,970 $9,200
4 $64,800 $60,300 $11,100
5 $75,900 $70,630 $13,000
6 $87,000 $80,960 $14,900
7 $98,110 $91,290 $16,810
8 $109,210 $101,630 $18,710

A 5% disregard based on the federal poverty level (FPL) for the household size is applied and is reflected in the amounts shown above.

How do I apply for NC Medicaid Online?

Applications may be submitted online through ePASS — North Carolina’s web-based self service tool that allows you to submit a Medicaid/NCHC application online.

North Carolina Health Choice for Children #

NC Health Choice has moved to Medicaid. Effective April 1, 2023, children receiving NC Health Choice coverage will move to NC Medicaid, helping families save money and increase access to care.

Families with children moving from NC Health Choice to Medicaid will no longer have to pay enrollment fees or copays for medical visits and prescriptions.

They will also have access to enhanced behavioral health services not previously covered by NC Health Choice.

North Carolina Child Care Subsidy Program #

North Carolina’s Child Care Subsidy Program provides subsidized child care for income-eligible families who need help paying for child care through a voucher program.

Most families, including those receiving Work First Family Assistance, are required to pay a percentage of their child care costs based upon their gross monthly income — usually no more than 10%, if applicable.

Funding for this program is limited, parents requesting financial assistance for child care are often placed on a waiting list until more funding becomes available.

What is the income limit for child care assistance in North Carolina?

A family is considered “income eligible” when their gross monthly income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level at the time of initial application. For a family of three, that's about $4,143.

Household Size 133% 200%
2 $2,186 $3,287
3 $2,755 $4,143
4 $3,325 $5,000
5 $3,895 $5,857
6 $4,464 $6,713
7 $5,034 $7,570
8 $5,603 $8,427

How do I apply for child care assistance in North Carolina?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, contact your County Child Care Worker to schedule an appointment. If you are deemed eligible, the agency will issue a Child Care Voucher for each eligible child.

North Carolina Section 8 #

The waitlist for applications may be closed, please monitor this website for updates on application openings.

North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Program is designed to assist very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.

Available areas include the counties of Granville, Person, Sampson and Warren. Rent assistance is also provided on a limited basis to eligible families in Halifax and Columbus counties.

Who is eligible for Section 8 in NC?

The program covers families with income up to 50% of the median income level but priority is given to families with 30% or below who are considered extremely low income.

For additional information, please call (984) 236-0160.

North Carolina Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) #

North Carolina's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally-funded program that provides for a one-time payment to help eligible households pay their heating and cooling bills.

Benefits range from $300 to $500, depending on household income and energy costs. Priority is given to households with elderly members, disabled members, and/or households with young children.

Families and individuals experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis may apply for assistance through the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).

What is the income limit for LIEAP in North Carolina?

North Carolina set its eligibility for heating and cooling assistance at 130% of the federal poverty level. For a family of three, that's about $2,693 per month.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $1,579
  • 2 $2,137
  • 3 $2,693
  • 4 $3,250
  • 5 $3,807
  • 6 $4,363
  • 7 $4,921
  • 8 $5,478

How do I apply for LIHEAP in NC?

Households including a person aged 60 or older or disabled persons receiving services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to sign up for assistance from Dec. 1 – 31.

All other households may apply from Jan. 1 – March 31 or until funds are exhausted. Contact your local DSS for the application dates and for additional information on LIEAP.

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance #

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially compensate you for loss of wages when you are out of work due to layoffs or retrenchment.

As a condition of eligibility, those who file for a new claim are required by the state law to register for work at NCWorks Online. Failure to do so will result in a denial of benefit payments.

How much do I get in unemployment in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, the most you can receive in state unemployment benefits is $350 a week for up to 12 weeks which is among the shortest in the nation.

How do I file a weekly unemployment claim in NC?

The fastest and most efficient way to file a new or weekly claim is to file online. If you don’t have access to an internet, you may file over the phone by calling 1-877-841-9617.

North Carolina Community College Grant Program #

Funded by the State of North Carolina, Community College Grant is made available to North Carolina residents who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least half-time at North Carolina community colleges.

Eligibility is based on their estimated family contribution (EFC) as determined by FAFSA. Full-time students whose federal EFC ranges from $1501 to $8,500 will receive awards on a sliding scale, subject to fund availability.

Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on time. Consideration for funding is automatic once the FAFSA is filed.

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