Harnett County,
North Carolina

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The mission of Harnett County Department of Social Services is to provide services to individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency, safety, and improve their quality of life.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed on County Holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), and Christmas (3 days).

Important Announcements
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Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Accepting Proposals for Youth Program Funding

The Harnett County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is now accepting proposals for fiscal year 2020-2021.  The JCPC’s Mission is to address the gaps in youth service by promoting prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare strategies which strengthen families and community safety. Harnett County anticipates allocation of funds from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Corrections & Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Community Programs section in the amount of $320,045.  These funds are to serve delinquent youth and youth most at risk to become delinquent.  

If you have a program serving youth, or are currently seeking funding to start a program to help serve youth, the Harnett County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) will be accepting proposals for the funding period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 from local government agencies and private non-profits with 501-c-3 status for the following services.  Interpersonal Skill Building, mentoring, parent and family skill building, tutoring/academic enhancement, group home care, runaway shelter care, mediation/conflict resolution, restitution/community service, substance abuse treatment, clinical assessments, individual/family counseling, temporary shelter care, teen court/restorative justice, vocational skills/developmental, experiential skill building, juvenile structured day programs, sex offender treatment.   

Such programs will serve delinquent and at-risk youth for the state fiscal year 2020-2021 beginning on, or after, July 1, 2020. The use of DPS funds in Harnett County does require a 10% local match. For more information, contact Mrs. Wendy Butcher at wbutcher@harnett.org  or (910) 814-6692. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 7, 2020.

The JCPC Council is comprised of various private and State agencies. Meetings are held monthly at the Harnett County Cooperative Extension office, and the public is welcome to attend.

View the FY2020-2021 JCPC Proposal

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Harnett County Accepting Applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Harnett County Accepting Applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Applications accepted through March 31, 2020

Harnett County- Harnett County Department of Social Services is now accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). LIEAP provides eligible households with a one-time payment to the households heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months.

In order to qualify, households must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria
  • Have income equal to or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty limit
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for the household’s heating

Households containing a person age 60 or older, or someone receiving disability benefits through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, can apply starting on Monday, December 2, 2019. All other households can apply from Wednesday, January 2, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Applications can be submitted in person at the Harnett County Department of Social Services Office, located at 311 W Cornelius Harnett Boulevard, Lillington, NC 27546.

The Department of Social Services is also currently implementing the Crisis Intervention Program. The program is aimed at helping households in the community that are in danger of having their main heating or cooling source disconnected depending on the season. Households must also be determined eligible for this program and are not automatically eligible.

For more information regarding the Low Income Energy Assistance Program or the Crisis Intervention Program, call Harnett County Department of Social Services at (910) 893-7500.

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DSS Customer Service Survey

Please consider completing our customer service survey. This feedback help us continually monitor or change our services to serve you better. Click on the title to access the survey in English. Click here for the Spanish survey. 

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Notice Of Your Rights Under Hawkins v. Cohen

MARCIA ELENA QUINTEROS HAWKINS, ALICIA FRANKLIN, VANESSA LACHOWSKI, and KYANNA SHIPP, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,






MANDY COHEN, in her official capacity as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services,




















Civil Case No.: 5:17-cv-00581-FL










Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.) is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017 on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. The case concerns improper terminations of Medicaid benefits.

The Court hearing the case has certified it as a class action. This means that the case is to help not just the people who filed the case but other Medicaid beneficiaries whose Medicaid has been or will be terminated improperly.

The Court has ordered the N.C. Medicaid agency to stop terminations or reductions of Medicaid benefits until eligibility under all Medicaid categories has been considered and advance notice of the right to a hearing has been mailed to you. For example, if you get Medicaid based on having a minor child who is turning eighteen years old, your county Department of Social Services must consider whether you are disabled before they stop your Medicaid.

If you have any questions about this lawsuit or about your rights, you may contact the attorneys who filed the case, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. You can reach these lawyers by calling this toll free number: 1-800-936-4971. You can also send the lawyers an email at Hawkinsinfo@charlottelegaladvocacy.org.

You also may contact these lawyers if you want to report that you lost your Medicaid without a decision that you were no longer eligible for Medicaid under any category or without receiving advance written notice that your Medicaid would stop. There is no cost to you for any help that these lawyers provide to you.

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