The mission of the Ashe County Department of Social Services is to assist families and individuals by helping them maintain, and/or enhance their quality of life; to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable people in the community. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state, and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.
Income Maintenance Programs:
Among Social Services’ income maintenance programs are the Work First program, food, and nutrition program, low-income energy assistance program, Medicaid program, and special assistance for adults.
Among the service programs, Social Services administers adoptions, adult care home case management, adult services, case management, child support, adult rest homes, general assistance, guardianship, in-home aid, placement services for adults and children, protective services for adults and children, representative payee, services for the blind, medical transportation and many other programs focused on helping vulnerable individuals within our community.
Community News and Public Notices:
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and American Rescue Plan GRANT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN: The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary program that provides funds to assist low-income households with water and wastewater bills. The documents linked below will provide information and forms for feedback.
The Ashe County Department of Social Services is located on the first floor of the new county courthouse. Following are the services provided by our agency and the direct telephone numbers for each service.