North Carolina Resources

To find out about key benefits and services in North Carolina and how to apply, select from the topics below.

Key State Contacts

Please reach out to the appropriate “Local Community Points of Contact” with any specific questions related to refugee services in your area.

Cash & Food Assistance

Cash assistance available to residents who enter the U.S. under humanitarian protection with low incomes

A program that helps eligible people with limited incomes supplement their budgets so they can purchase food.

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency.

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

A federal program supporting participants to attain self-sufficiency within 240 days (8 months) of arrival in the United States through financial, case management and employment supports

A program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.

Refugee & Newcomer Health

Refugee health screening is available at 13 county contract sites in NC (The following counties: Alamance, Buncombe, Craven, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Henderson, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Rowan and Wake). These sites may also be able to serve those from nearby counties. For other counties, you can contact the State Refugee Health Coordinator at jennifer.morillo@dhhs.nc.gov

  • Medicaid

Online application: https://epass.nc.gov/ or in person: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/localDSS

  • Refugee Medical Assistance

Online application: https://epass.nc.gov/ or in person: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/localDSS

Community Health Centers

Community health centers offer low-cost healthcare services such as dental, medical, and behavioral healthcare. You can also receive discounted prescriptions. Some also offer urgent care and substance use treatment.

Persons with Disabilites

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services helps people with disabilities achieve their goals for employment and independence. If you have a disability that prevents you from achieving career success or independence in the community of your choice, DVRS can connect you to services and resources to help you meet your goals.Community Health Centers

The Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing works to ensure that all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind North Carolinians have the ability to communicate their needs and to receive information easily and effectively in all aspects of their lives, especially their health and well-being.

The Division of Services for the Blind helps people who are visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind reach their goals for employment and independence.

Seniors

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older. You’re first eligible to sign up for Medicare 3 months before you turn 65. 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

The Social Security program in the United States provides protection against the loss of earnings due to retirement, death, or disability.

Children's Health

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays.

Helpline for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line is a toll-free help line to assist families and providers with services for children and youth with special health care needs. You can call or email the help line to find out information. Toll-free Helpline: 1-800-737-3028. Email: Helpline@dhhs.nc.gov 

Other Employment

A federal program supporting participants to attain self-sufficiency within 240 days (8 months) of arrival in the United States through financial, case management and employment supports