Gates County

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Department of Social Services

Ann Holley, Social Services Director

122 Main Street

PO Box 185

Gatesville, NC 27938

Main Phone:  (252) 357-0075

Fax:  (252) 357-2132

The Gates County Department of Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of the citizens of our community.  We accomplish this through the provision of public assistance, child and adult protection and support services which promote self-sufficiency.  We serve each person with compassion, efficiency, professionalism and respect for diversity.

The programs are state supervised, and county administered as follows:

Income Maintenance programs include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), also known as Work First Family Assistance (WFFA), Medicaid for the Aged, Blind, Disabled and Families and Children, North Carolina Health Choice (NCHC), Special Assistance for Adults, Food Stamps and Program Integrity (Fraud Investigations).  Each program has set guidelines to determine eligibility, primarily based on income.

Service programs the department offers may vary from year to year, depending on the funds available from the state and federal government.  Programs that are mandated by state and federal laws must be offered, and include Child Protective Services and Investigations, Adult Protective Services and Investigations, Protective Payee Services and Child Daycare.  Work First Employment Services is a program offered to assist those receiving Work First cash assistance to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.  Additional programs include the emergency assistance program (EA) and an emergency heating and cooling program known as CRISIS.  Eligibility for these programs is based upon income guidelines and the nature of the crisis/emergency.

Services offered through the Department of Social Services are designed to be temporary in nature.  They assist in the provision for basic needs while allowing individuals and families the opportunity to gain independence and self-sufficiency.  Safety, permanence and self-sufficiency for children, adults and the elderly and disabled are the guiding principles.

For more information about the Department of Social Services, visit the NC Division of Social Services website at: , or for local DSS information:

 Social Services Commission- Accepting Nominations

Gates County Housing Committee

Gates County Housing Committee Seeks Housing Coordinator Contracted Position

Submitted by the GC Housing Committee

The Gates County Housing Committee assess the county’s sub-standard housing issues, particularly those of the low-income, elderly and those with disabilities, and coordinate local/state/federal programs with volunteer labor and donated funds to make needed repairs to eligible households.  In partnership with the Gates County Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Gates County Commissioners a volunteer Housing Coordinator position was created to accomplish the mission of the Housing Committee, and find ways to eliminate barriers and identify resources to assist needy individuals and families in Gates County.  This is a contracted position that is compensated with a stipend, as funds are available through grants, donations, and contributions from various agencies, businesses, the faith community, and individuals desiring to support a project that makes a notable difference in the community.

The function of this contract is to coordinate all aspects of the Gates County Housing Committee and Faith Community at Work for Safer Housing.  The desired characteristics of the Housing Coordinator are: someone who is motivated; a self-starter: excellent oral and written communication skills; able to network and collaborate with the faith community; able to multi-task; demonstrates excellent organizational skills; strong people skills; able to perform contracted services occasionally on nights and weekends to meet the needs of recipients and project coordinators; high school diploma or higher degree of educational completion; and interested in serving the community with limited resources.  The Housing Committee is seeking interested candidates to fill this position by August 24, 2015.  A copy of the detailed list of duties and responsibilities for the Housing Coordinator can be picked up at the DSS Office, viewed on Gates County’s website:, or you may request a copy via e-mail.  All interested persons should submit a resume and letter of interest to Mrs. Antoinette Holley, DSS Director, Gates County Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 185, Gatesville, NC 27938; or you may contact her at 357-0075 or for more information.

2009-2011 Gates County Work First Plan

The 2009-2011 Gates County Work First Plan is available for review and comment through Wednesday, October 21, 2008.  Please submit comments in person, by mail, by fax (252-357-2132) or by email (