Special to Iredell Free News

While the pandemic has forced the closure of many stores and offices, I-CARE Inc. has continued its services to the community. The State of North Carolina has now identified Community Action Agencies as one of the vehicles to disburse federal dollars from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security) ACT.

The Community Action Agencies will serve in this capacity because of their history of best practices in attending to their communities. These funds will serve as emergency assistance to families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus.

I-CARE Inc. has been allocated $383,793 to provide assistance to families impacted by the virus and living within 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Assistance includes payment of utilities, transportation expenses, rent, job training (vocational training opportunities in CDL, CNA, welding, etc.), and employment support. Other assistance may be available and considered on a case-by-case basis.

“Our goal is to provide assistance to 275 families,” explained Shelton Moore, I-CARE’s Family Support Services director. “Being able to help with emergency assistance and workforce development support for families impacted by COVID 19 is important to our agency and our greater community. We are limited to $750 per family, but this funding will allow us to provide support where it is needed the most.”

Currently, I-CARE offers curbside service to customers. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside in Iredell or Alexander counties, and meet the income guidelines. Applications are available on the I-CARE website or by calling either Nerissa Morrison or Shelton Moore at 704-872-8141 in Iredell County or 828-632-8221 in Alexander County.

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