CAM offers assistance to persons living in the Greater Gastonia community, who most often have 28052, 28054 and 28056 zip codes, as well as those living in the Crowder’s Mountain area of Gaston County. Assistance is provided with past due rent/mortgage, necessary utilities (electric, gas, water) for which a cut-off is pending or to establish new service, food from an on-site pantry, and life sustaining prescription medications. All assistance is offered in-person at our office at 805 W. Airline Avenue.
Applicants are seen on a first-come, first-served basis between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. We stop accepting new requests when we become full for the day regardless of the time. Persons who work during our office hours or who are homebound should call and speak with a staff person to discuss options for receiving assistance.
Financial Assistance: All requests for financial assistance require a complete interview. Applicants must have had a recent change in their situation that creates a financial crisis. CAM will consider household income and expenses, other agency help that has been received, and the applicant’s own efforts to help in their situation. Assistance is also considered for those who MUST rely solely on fixed income.
Food Assistance: CAM offers two options for food. A full CAM food order, which requires an interview, includes all foods available in the CAM pantry and USDA food for those who are USDA income eligible. A USDA food only option is available on can be received without documentation and requires no interview. Requests for food assistance are processed more quickly than those for financial assistance when staffing allows.
CAM does not offer assistance with rent deposits, transportation, medical bills, telephone bills, cable bills, car repairs, or any type of insurance.