Press Releases

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Keeps North Carolina Families Warm

Monday, February 26, 2018

More than $9 million remains available to help eligible households pay their heating bills through the state-administered Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The federally funded program helps keep families safe and healthy by providing a one-time payment directly to the utility company.

Pilot Program Helps Eligible Foster Youth Obtain Driver’s License

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Foster youth of legal driving age and their caregivers can now be reimbursed for costs related to obtaining a driver’s license through a new pilot program.

Applications for Low-Income Energy Assistance Accepted Starting Friday

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program beginning Friday.

DHHS Begins Reform of Social Services

Friday, September 29, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health Human Services' Division of Social Services collaborated with the Office of State Budget and Management, which today released a request for proposal seeking a qualified vendor to conduct assessments of the state’s current social services and child welfare programs and develop a comprehensive plan for reform. Proposals are due Nov. 16, and a contract will be in place by March 1, 2018.

Child Welfare Services Implements NC FAST Pilot in Five Counties

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The new technology will also enable cross-county communication when families move across county lines, with the goal of better protecting the more than 11,000 children and youth in foster care and 125,000 children who receive Child Protective Services assessments each year.

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Waiver

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income families save on energy and expenses by installing materials that create a safe, comfortable and energy-efficient home environment.

N.C. Teens in Foster Care May Receive Services Until Age 21

Friday, December 30, 2016

Teens in foster care in North Carolina may continue receiving support services from their 18th to their 21st birthdays through Foster Care 18 to 21, which begins Jan. 1. 

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates North Carolina House

Friday, December 16, 2016

A ceremony was held Dec. 15 to dedicate the North Carolina House to its new owners, Anayo Offia and Chinyere Okafor, originally from Nigeria. The couple assisted in the construction of their new home.

Bridging Local Systems: Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Services Collaboration

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are partnering to convene Regional Leadership Summits involving Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCO) and Departments of Social Services (DSS) with the goal to foster better collaboration and coordination of care for children, families and adults served by DSS who have behavioral health needs.  

Applications for Heating Bill Assistance Open Dec. 1

Monday, November 28, 2016

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Dec. 1, 2016.