The Western Carolina Community Action Agency provides services to residents of Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties. This non-profit organization and its staff work to help people who are less fortunate and living in poverty to overcome their difficult circumstances. In addition to providing long-term financial assistance, they also offer short-term assistance and other social services.
The main resources that are offered are below. The location is also a great place to get referrals, guidance, and information on other non-profits and charities, including federal government benefits. Feel free to ask them for help.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rent assistance to tenants with very low incomes. This is the primary government housing/rent subsidy program that provides assistance to very low-income families in Henderson and Transylvania Counties. The subsidy is a payment made by the government to the landlord on behalf of the tenant, which covers a portion of the rent. The amount of the subsidy is based on the tenant’s income, and is determined by the housing authority. Families and individuals who receive the assistance are expected to contribute the remaining 30% of their total adjusted monthly income toward rent and utility expenses. This means that the government will cover part of the balance, up to a certain amount that they have set. If your family makes less than half the median income for your area, you may be eligible to apply for this program. Note that eligibility requirements may change over time.
This means that every apartment that the community action agency staff inspects will be checked to see if it meets the basic requirements for being a livable space. This includes things like making sure there is running water, a working bathroom, and that the walls and floors are in good condition. If any of these standards are not met, then the community action agency will work with the apartment complex to get the necessary repairs made. This means that the lease and Rental Assistance Payment contract must be signed by both the landlord and tenant before either of them can move in. There are also other rent assistance programs in Henderson County for low income tenants that the community action agency can refer people to.
Every year, the families that receive assistance and the working poor are re-evaluated to see if they still qualify for a subsidy under the program. If they do, their portion of the rent is adjusted. Annual inspections and safety checks are conducted on units to ensure they meet the federal government’s Housing Quality Standards. Housing that is affordable and available is easy to find for the general public.
The Western Carolina Community Action Family Self-Sufficiency Program helps residents in the HCV program to become more independent. This will give them time to set money aside in an account which can be used later as a down-payment for buying a home.
This program provides families and individuals who are low-income or working poor in Polk and Henderson County with a voucher to purchase plants, seeds, and fertilizer for a garden. This will help them save money on food and use their income for other things. This means that the vouchers will be given to those who need them the most and who come to get them first. The canning, perishable, and freezing of food produced through this program provides a year-round source.
If you are a child, senior, or have a sickness, you may be able to get help from the Nutritional Supplement Program. The program provides liquid nutritional supplements to low-income persons who have poor nutrition due to health problems. There may be subsidies and financial aid available for low-income individuals over 60 years of age if they have a certificate from their physician that certifies their qualifying health condition. This means that there are only a few subsidies available for people under 60, and they are not the main focus.
Apple Country Transportation provides transportation for Human Service agencies and charities in Henderson County. They also have a program to help transport elderly and disabled people. This service is for local doctor or medical appointments, or other critical trips. The program also helps elderly and disabled citizens who are eligible with their medical and grocery shopping. Only rides in Henderson County are available. There may be other programs that provide free transportation for people with disabilities.
The Self Sufficiency program helps people in need by providing resources and support to help them get back on their feet. The program offers assistance with basic needs like housing and food, and also provides guidance and counseling to help people achieve long-term stability. Case managers from the organization are responsible for a case load of clients and offer support. This means finding a job, paying off debts, finding cheap housing, getting healthcare, finding child care, making a budget, and finding ways to make more money.
The program offers free financial workshops to everyone. The level of assistance offered by self-sufficiency programs varies depending on the amount of funding that is available. In addition to providing basic necessities like food and transportation, some programs may also offer budget counseling, educational assistance, and referrals to other agencies. This service is funded by the Community Services Block Grant administered by the N.C. Office of Economic Opportunity. Occasionally, funding for this service comes from other sources.
The Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide services to infants and toddlers from birth to five years old in Transylvania, Henderson, and Polk counties. This organization provides services to participants in Henderson County, Transylvania County, and Polk County North Carolina. Services are provided through several different centers and schools. Some schools provide wrap-around services, which offer child care for parents who are working, in school or in job-related training. The Head Start and Early Head Start services are free of cost to those that qualify, but parents have to pay for the Wrap-Around services depending on how much they can afford.
The team of home-based care workers conduct regular visits to families in Polk, Transylvania, and Henderson Counties to offer support and assistance to participating children and their parents. The eligibility criteria for this program are the same as for enrollees in a Head Start center. Children who are raised at home also get the chance to visit centers where they can interact with other people and children. This gives them valuable socialization experiences.
Children that enrolled in the Head Start home-based program are from families that either prefer to keep their children at home during their preschool years or live in remote areas of three different counties in North Carolina. This means that they do not have their own means of transportation and would need to rely on others to get around.
There are other services that are offered as well. Head Start offers a variety of services to children in both center and home-based programs, including social services, education, parent involvement, free nutrition, and health. This means that parents are involved in every part of the program.
The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program provides services for four year old children in Henderson and nearby counties. These services are available for almost all school days during the school year, and these children are served in the same classrooms as Head Start children. The staff and teachers in these classrooms have at least a BA degree and are working towards getting a B-K teacher certificate.
Locations Western Carolina Community Action, Inc.
The Transylvania County Head Start Center is located at 181 Hillview in Hendersonville, NC. To reach the center, please call (828)693-1711 or Toll Free: 866-670-WCCA. The Brevard, NC office can be reached at (828)884-2255.