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Department of Social Services

Ecomomic Independence

Work First Family Assistance

The Work First Program provides assessment, counseling, and supportive services that enable Work First Assistance parents/caretakers to participate in educational and training activities leading to self-sufficiency. Supportive services may include assistance with day care and transportation, and also emergency assistance funds that can be utilized for emergency situations such as utility cut offs and housing evictions.

Visit http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/workfirst/index.htm for more information.

Food Stamps

The Food Stamp Program is a federal entitlement program that provides a monthly allotment of Food Stamp benefits. All eligible individuals and households can receive assistance. Food Stamp benefits may be used to purchase most foods at participating stores. They may not be used to purchase tobacco, pet food, paper products, soap products, or alcoholic beverages.

Visit http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/foodstamp/index.htm or
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/applicant_recipients/default.htm for more information.

Energy Assistance

Visit http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/energy/index.htm for information.

Program Integrity

Visit http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/fraud/index.htm for information.


Contact Information

Melissa Stokely, Director
Administrative Officer (Personnel and Fiscal)-Sheri Raynor
Income Maintenance Program Administrator(all economic services)-Janet Sawyer
Social Work Program Administrator (including child care)-Kathy Ford

Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252-338-2126
E-mail: melissa.stokley@pcdss.com

The Department of Social Services is located at 709 Roanoke Ave. Click Here for a Map.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Economic Independence
Medical Assistance
Adult Services
Children Services

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