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About Us

The Office of Economic Opportunity helps low-income individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency. We work to improve the social and economic well being of individuals, families and communities across North Carolina.

Our agencies help individuals find jobs, locate housing, obtain shelter, have food, obtain access to health care and take care of children.

OEO Mission

The mission of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is, in collaboration with our partners, to protect the health and safety of all North Carolinians and provide essential human services.

The mission of the Office of Economic Opportunity is to administer grant programs that provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient through the provision of financial resources to Community Action Agencies, and Limited Purposes Agencies, for programs that will substantially reduce the number of citizens in our state who are living in poverty.

OEO Goals

  • To help meet the needs of the poor by encouraging local grantees to develop innovative projects which better address the causes, conditions and problems of poverty.
  • To serve as an advocate for low-income families on the state level.

Office History

The Office of Economic Opportunity, formerly known as the State Economic Opportunity Office, was established in 1966 to provide training and technical assistance to Community Action Agencies. In 1981 the Office was assigned the responsibility of administering the federal Community Services Block Grant Program.

The Emergency Shelter Grants Program is now located in the Division of Aging.

The Weatherization Program is now located in the Energy Office of the N.C. Department of Commerce. Link goes outside of N.C. DHHS.