FAQ

Am I eligible?

Since CAF receives State and Federal funds, you must meet certain income guidelines to receive services. Individuals seeking assistance or services from CAF must have an annual family income which does not exceed 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the CSBG Programs. The current guidelines are as follows:

Family Size Income Limit
One $11,880
Two $16,020
Three $20,160
Four $24,300
Five $28,440
Six $32,580

For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional member.
To apply, bring:

  • Identification with current address
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of total household income
How do I enroll?

Visit our office located at 901 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28206 or give us a call at 704-372-3010.

Where are you located?

We are located on the north side of Tryon Street past Eleventh Street and adjacent to the Brookshire Freeway in a brick building. The following northbound buses stop near our location:       
#11 U N. Tryon Street
#11 H N. Tryon Street
#13 Nevins Road
#22 Graham Street
(N. Tryon & 13th Street)

The following buses will drop off on Statesville Road: 
#21 Double Oaks
#26 Oaklawn

Do you assist with rent and housing?

We provide limited emergency financial assistance. Emergency financial assistance, which is contingent upon several factors including a client’s ability to maintain an independent status forward, is provided at the staff’s discretion in accordance with written procedures. Enrolled Self Sufficiency Project clients who are in crisis situations will need to apply at Crisis Assistance Ministry (the Emergency Financial Assistance lead agency), first. Once CAF clients receives an answer from Crisis Assistance Ministry, then CAF clients may apply for limited financial assistance up to $500.00 per family. Additional services may be available (i.e., utilities, medical prescriptions and other miscellaneous medical expenses) under this project.

Will I get a job after I complete the classes?

Each client receives continuous counseling throughout his or her training and employment search with CAF.  We are not an employment agency; however we receive notification of open positions on a regular basis. In addition, once employment has been obtained, our case managers periodically follow-up with clients to inquire about their employment and offer additional assistance, as needed.

What type of training will I receive?

a. Our  Work Readiness pre-employment skills training consists of a six modules-16 lesson curriculum, as well as resume development, proper employment application completion, interviewing techniques, job retention strategies, etc. Each client who attends 100% and proficiently completes all modules of the Work Readiness Training receives $100 at the conclusion of the training.

b. After completion of the Work Readiness classes, you may be eligible for paid vocational skills training. Vocational Training (Less than one year), i.e. Certified Nurse’s Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Customer Services, Forklift Training, Medical Technician, HVAC, are a few occupational trainings that could be provided in cooperation with local certified providers.

How much does the program cost?

Nothing! That’s right; all of our programs and services are completely FREE. All you have to do is be a resident of Mecklenburg County, meet the income requirements and be able to working at least 30 hours per week.

How do I receive a food box?

a. Clients who have completed the money management training may participate in the CAF Food Club. Each month eligible clients may receive donated food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina through their participation in the CAF Self Sufficiency Project. Those clients with special dietary needs may be able to receive food vouchers to local grocery stores to purchase foods such as fruits and vegetables to meet their dietary needs.

b. CAF will also provide emergency food through the CAF Food Pantry to individuals who do not qualify for the Self Sufficiency Project due to inability to seek employment, but are in need. Services will emphasize health education and provide nutrition counseling.  Food vouchers may also be available for individuals with restrictive diets to purchase foods from local grocers.