Burke County Affordable Housing Resources

Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance

Western Piedmont Council of Governments: Section 8 Housing Program

Section 8 housing offers vouchers for rental assistance. Counseling on rentals and relocation is provided. The recipient may be allowed to pay 40% of their monthly expenses on rent and utilities.

(828) 322-9191

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Morganton Housing Authority

The Public Housing Program provides subsidized, decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.


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*Burke United Christian Ministries

Crisis assistance to low income persons in the form of clothing, food or financial help with delinquent electric bills, water, propane, or rent. Soup Kitchen provides a free hot meal at lunch (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 365 days a year. Tuesdays and Thursdays for evening meals from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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Burke County Department of Social Services

Provides utility assistance with heating and cooling costs. Only provides assistance for emergency situations; must have final notice.


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*Cooperative Christian Ministry

Food pantry and financial assistance available for rent (when faced with eviction), fuel/electricity (must have cut-off notice), life-saving medications, household items, information and referral.


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Blue Ridge Community Action

Local residents who are having a difficult time paying their bills and making ends meet could get some help from the county community action agency.


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Homeless, Transitional & Day Shelters

House of Refuge

Provides crisis intervention and short-term stabilization for homeless men and those at risk for homelessness in Burke County, includes a one-on-one life coach who helps the homeless individual develop life goals and an action plan.


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Exodus Home

Exodus Homes is a faith-based United Way agency, offering transitional and long term supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to our community from substance abuse treatment programs and prison. Exodus Homes currently has 63 beds across 8 different locations.

828-324-4870 Main Line 1

828-324-7226 Main Line 2

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Family Care Center

Family Care Center serves homeless families with dependent children through an emergency residential program.


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*The Meeting Place Mission

Provides transitional housing for eligible families by means of shelter, food and case management services. Has additional shelters just for men as well as a shelter for just women and children.


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Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Delivered Meals

Second Harvest Food Bank

The mobile pantry program distributes food directly to families in need during large-scale one-day distributions.

(704) 376-1785

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The Outreach Center

The Outreach Center distributes a full round of groceries to individuals and families.


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Meals On Wheels, Burke County Senior Services

Senior Services provides meals Monday - Friday to homebound seniors. Congregate meals are served in a group setting to eligible seniors at our Valdese Cottage.



Eligibility screening is conducted to determine access to Emergency Pantry Services, which provides personal hygiene and household cleaning products that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits (food stamps).


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