Application for Benefits
- at your local DSS office
- online at the ePass portal
- by mail phone, or by fax with a printed application.
NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) set policies and guidelines for the following programs administered through the local Department of Social Services. For more information, please visit NCDHHS' website.
Notice of Your Rights Under Hawkins v. Cohen
This notice contains important information regarding beneficiary rights as a result of a federal lawsuit filed in 2017, on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. Download Notice in English (PDF) or Descarga la Noticia en Espanol (PDF).
Learn more about Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), which provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households to pay their heating bills.
The Food and Nutrition Services Program is a federal food assistance program that helps low-income individuals and/or families buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.
The Medicaid program was established to provide medical assistance to low income individuals and families. The Medicaid program covers groups of people based on certain categorical requirements.
ePass is a quick and easy way for individuals and families to learn about and apply for available benefits and services. Online applications are available for Food and Nutrition Services (formerly Food Stamps) as well as Medical Assistance (Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice or CHIP).
Special Assistance for Adults is a state and county Supplemental Security Income (SSI) supplement that pays cash benefits to eligible recipients who reside in licensed facilities authorized to receive Special Assistance (SA) payments. To be eligible for Special Assistance, an individual must be eligible for SSI, or ineligible for SSI solely due to income.
View a listing of the services available through the Department of Social Services.
Work First Assistance