Gaston County

NORTH CAROLINA

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Division of Social Services

Economic Services

These programs provide temporary financial and employment services to qualifying adults and children. To find out more information about any of these programs, please call our main number: 704-862-7500.

Child Support Enforcement establishes legal paternity and court-ordered child support payments for children under the age of 18.  Enforcement of existing child support court orders is a service offered also.
www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/cse/index.htm

Energy Assistance Programs

  • The Crisis Intervention Program provides limited financial assistance for income-eligible individuals with a heating/cooling-related, life threatening or health-related emergency.

  • The Low Income Energy Assistance Program provides assistance with heating expenses for income-eligible individuals who apply during early November for a once-a-year payment to be received later in the winter. 

Emergency Assistance provides short-term financial assistance for income-eligible families (which must include a legal caretaker of a child under the age of 19) who are experiencing an emergency related to keeping or securing employment.  

The Food and Nutrition Services Program provides food assistance for income-eligible individuals.

Fraud or Overpayment Services examines public assistance cases for possible overpayment or fraud and initiates collection procedures to recoup funds.

 

Medicaid provides medical assistance for income-eligible children, pregnant women and disabled or aged individuals.

Work First provides financial assistance for income-eligible families (which must include a legal caretaker of a child under the age of 19) for up to 24 months while the adults in the household are engaged in approved work activities or search for employment.

The Workforce Investment Act assists individuals who are unemployed or underemployed with vocational assessment, job placement and training.