The Department of Social Services provides economic assistance to New Hanover County citizens with basic subsistence needs. We work in cooperation with other public and private organizations to protect children, strengthen families and help families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency.
Multi-language interpreting, sign language interpreters & TTY are available at no cost to clients; if needed, to obtain services.
A new Public Health and Social Services building is currently being constructed behind the current DSS site. During construction, Social Services operations will continue from the current building, with client parking available in the front and on the west side of the building. Overflow and off-site parking will be located at the Scottish Rite Temple (1415 S. 17th Street). Learn more here.