Housing, Safety, Food & Transportation Assistance

Areal view of neighborhoodEconomic and social factors can have an impact on your health. Lack of personal safety, steady access to healthy food, affordable housing and transportation, can be bad for your health. Below are a number of resources that can help you access services on housing, transportation, food and safety.

Affordable Housing

Federal help with paying your rent or mortgage (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau): If you’re a renter or homeowner, having trouble paying your rent or mortgage, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are taking applications from renters and landlords to distribute money from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in their own communities.

Housing and Services Resource Center (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living): If you need housing assistance or are looking for services that help people with disabilities or older adults with everyday activities, these programs and resources may be able to help. All of the programs and resources on this page are operated or funded by the federal government.

NCCARE360: Provides the opportunity for health to all North Carolinians by providing public access to resources and helping health and community-based organizations make electronic referrals, communicate in real time, and securely share client information.

NC211 (United Way of North Carolina): Housing information for persons with disabilities, older adults and veterans.

Low Income Housing: Find low income apartments in North Carolina along with non profit organizations that help with low income housing along with HUD apartments, public housing apartments, public housing authorities, and housing assistance agencies.

HUD’s Public Housing Program (HUD.gov): Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

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Hay organizaciones estatales y locales distribuyendo fondos de asistencia federal entre las comunidades. Este dinero puede ayudar a caseros e inquilinos que pasen por dificultades, a mantenerse al día con la renta y otras facturas.

Food Assistance

Feeding America: Secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle: Our Mobile Markets meet people at their point of need – in their own neighborhood. Our nine partner sites across the Triangle host monthly distributions where any community member is welcome to ‘shop’ for food – free of cost.

Personal Safety

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Local domestic violence agencies serve all 100 counties across North Carolina. They offer a variety of services, from 24-hour confidential crisis hotlines to emergency shelter to support groups and counseling.

Safelight: Safelight is a nonprofit agency that provides support for survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We make it possible for families who want to be free of violent relationships, to succeed.

RAINN: The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Loveisrespect: The ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. It is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.

Transportation Assistance

Transportation Services for Older Adults (NC Department of Health and Human Services): North Carolina offers transportation services serves the general public and human service agencies. These agencies have programs to help people gain access to transportation services when they do not have access to a vehicle.

Local Transit Search (NC Department of Transportation): Public transportation is available in all North Carolina counties. Use this resource to find transit options in any North Carolina county or city.

Family Support Program (School of Social Work, University of North Carolina): Information for families with children who have special needs may need transportation assistance.

Wake Network of Care (Wake County, North Carolina): The Wake Network of Care is a comprehensive online resource and services database designed to increase access to all community services and supports in Wake County, North Carolina.

Transportation (Orange County, North Carolina): Get help finding alternative transportation options in Orange County by contacting the Department on Aging Transportation.

More Resources

For more resources on utilities assistance, check out NC211. For children’s services, like Medicaid for children and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, go to NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Resources selected by Terri Ottosen, Health Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Last reviewed January 16, 2024

Last updated January 16, 2024 at 2:57 pm