Office of Economic Opportunity

The Office of Economic Opportunity helps low-income individuals and families at or below 200% of the federal poverty level 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. We help low-income individuals and families 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.

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.

To apply for assistance, contact your local Community Action Agencies.
Poverty Guidelines PDF


April 15, 2020: Notice of Public Inspection

Pursuant to the requirements of federal law, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Economic Opportunity will conduct a period of public inspection from April 16, 2020-April 23, 2020 to receive comments of the proposed Relief NC Funding Application.

For questions or comments please contact:

Marionna C. Poke-Stewart, MPA MBA, Director
DHHS/Office of Economic Opportunity
820 South Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603


Community Service Block Grant



Director: Marionna C. Poke-Stewart, MPA MBA
For inquiries, please contact the OEO main number 919-527-6250
Fax number: 919-715-0168

Mailing address: 2420 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2420
Location: 820 S. Boylan Ave.
Dorothea Dix Campus, McBryde Building
Raleigh, NC 27603