Special Assistance is an assistance payment to eligible individuals who reside in licensed domiciliary homes, rest homes or family care homes. Medical assistance (Medicaid) is also provided to help pay medical bills.
To be eligible for this service you must be:
- Age 65+
- Buncombe county resident
- Meet reserve limits for program
- FL-2, licensed facility
- Apply in person
- Representative may apply
What to bring with you
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificate
- Income Verification
How are services paid for?
Program costs are paid by 50% county dollars and 50% state dollars.
Individuals who qualify for certain cash assistance programs automatically qualify for Medicaid without a separate application. If cash assistance ends, the Medicaid may be continued if the individual meets the eligibility criteria for another type of Medicaid. The programs which include automatic Medicaid are:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for elderly, blind and disabled individuals
- State/County Special Assistance (SA) assistance for payment of rest home expenses for elderly, blind and disabled individuals
For a listing of county-wide programs & services offered by Buncombe County Government, please visit our Services section.
Do you suspect abuse?
To make an adult or child protective services report any time, day or night, call the numbers below:
Child Abuse: (828) 250-5900
Adult Abuse: (828) 250-5800
Report Communicable Disease
Call (828) 250-5109 to report
Communicable Disease Reporting Form
Get information and start applying for services that can help you and your family.
p. (828) 250-5796
40 Coxe Avenue
PO Box 7408
Asheville, NC 28802
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.