Buncombe County Social Work Services oversees the distribution of Emergency Assistance funds as they become available to our community. These funds are for families in short-term financial crisis due to unusual circumstances.
Guidelines for Emergency Assistance
- Can pay deposits
- must be currently homeless to qualify for rental deposit
- must be currently living in the home without power in order to qualify for electric deposit
- Can pay occupancy costs
- Can pay past due bills for:
- electricity (must have final notice)
- gas for cooking or heating water
- water-past due balances
- Income eligibility is based on net income.
- Maximum payment is $300 once a year, within a 30-day time period.
- Example: Applicant applies and receives assistance of $180.00 on Jan. 2nd, client has until Feb. 2nd to use the remaining $120.00.
- Must have a related child in household under age 18
- Must be a Buncombe County resident with income at or below 110% Federal poverty level.
- If two able-bodied adults live in the home one must be working.
Program Pays For:
- Electric Bills
- Fuel Oil
- Natural Gas
- Moving in costs
Program Does Not Pay For:
- Rx (Prescription Medications)
- Call Eblen Charities for more information - (828) 255-3066
What to bring with you
- Income Verification
- Shut-off / Eviction Notice
How are services paid for?
Services are paid by Federal, State and County funds.
Other Emergency Assistance Services include:
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program
A one-time cash payment to help eligible families pay their heating bills. Applications for this program are normally taken in October and November and the one-time cash payment is received in February.
- Emergency Assistance for Families with Dependent Children
Temporary financial assistance for families in financial crisis due to unusual circumstances.
- The Crisis Intervention Program
Assists low-income persons with fuel purchases when a heating-related crisis situation occurs.
TANF is a block grant program to help move recipients into work and turn welfare into a program of temporary assistance.
- General Assistance