EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BEGINS TENTH YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP WITH BUNCOMBE COUNTY HHS

EBLEN CHARITIES REJOINS BUNCOMBE COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN FEDERAL PROGRAM

Ten years ago Eblen Charities was invited by the Buncombe County Health and Human Services to join them in a new partnership that would allow us to serve more families in our community who are in need of assistance with rent, electric, water, gas bills, and utility deposits.

We wasted no time in gratefully accepting their invitation to join them in helping those who come seeking help to remain in their homes, keep their utilities on, and to help provide safety and comfort for our clients and their families.

Each year year through the Emergency Assistance Program, nearly 2,000 families are assisted, thanks to this wonderful partnership with Buncombe County and the Buncombe County Health and Human Services.

The Emergency Assistance Program which assists families in short-term financial crisis due to unusual circumstances is in conjunction with the Work First Program and is open for families with children who have at least one parent employed.

For more than a decade, Eblen Charities has been honored to be working side by side with the Buncombe County Department of Social Services and be part of their outreach to the community.

Beginning with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Crisis Intervention Program, Energy Neighbors, and Helping Each Member Cope, Eblen Charities has been fortunate to reach out to many families in their time of need thanks to our partnerships with Buncombe County and the Department of Social Services.

Through the kindness, vision, guidance, direction, and friendship of Buncombe County Assistant Manager Mandy Stone, Jim Holland, Phillip Hardin, Patricia Wallen, and Tracie Franklin of BCHHS, the Buncombe County Commissioners, and County Manager Wanda Greene, Eblen Charities has grown to assist tens of thousands of families each year. The Emergency Assistance program pays for utility deposits, electricity, gas, water, and rent.

As the number of families we serve increases, we are looking to the challenges that await us this fall and winter, and recognize the tremendous responsibility we have to those who call upon us and our entire community.

These challenges offer us an unparalleled opportunity for everyone in our community to join together to bring not just hope but kindness and help to so many that are facing troubled times.

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: rent
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 $450 once a year within a 30-day time period
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:
Rent
Electric Bills
Deposits
Fuel Oil
Kerosene
Natural Gas
Propane
Water
Wood
Coal
Moving in costs

If anyone is interested in more information on the Emergency Assistance Program,please contact Bill Murdock at Eblen Charities at 828-242-2848 extension 29 or via email at [email protected]

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