Food stamps and housing and energy assistance are among the needs seniors may have but may not know where to go for help. Each North Carolina county operates its own Department of Social Services.
New Hanover County
1650 Greenfield St.
Wilmington, NC 28402
810 S. Walker St. Burgaw, NC 28425
Building B, 60 Government Center Drive. Bolivia, NC 28422
Here are a few of the programs you can access through DSS:
This federal program helps qualifying families buy food through use of EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. EBTs cannot be used for tobacco, pet food, paper products, soaps or alcohol.
U.S. citizenship or eligible foreign national status is required.
Here’s what you need to bring when you apply:
Photo ID, Social Security cards or numbers for all in household, proof of residence (lease, rent or mortgage receipts, utility bills), proof of income such as pay stubs, pension or SSI papers, bank statements or passbooks, utility bills, proof of unpaid medical prescriptions, proof of child care costs
Administered jointly by the federal government and the state, Medicaid pays medical bills for families with children, adults 65 and over, people who are sightless or otherwise disabled and pregnant mothers, who qualify economically.
The U.S. Social Security Administration handles Social Security issues like pension payments, as well as the Supplemental Security
Income program. SSI makes payments to qualifying adults or children who are disabled or blind with limited income and resources.
A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that keeps someone from working or doing other important things, is expected to last at least one year or is expected to result in death.
Residents of New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties who need help with Social Security, need a card, have lost their card, or wish to apply for SSI benefits must visit the Social Security office in Wilmington, 1528 S. 16th St., 815-4733 or toll-free at (800) 772-1213.
Date posted: January 29, 2009