Emergency Assistance

Greensboro Urban Ministry works to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis in the greater Greensboro area, specifically residents of the city of Greensboro and Guilford County, with the exception of High Point (whose residents are served by several agencies located in the city of High Point).

We provide the tools and support they need to become self-sufficient again. By assisting individuals and families at the onset of problems, homelessness can be prevented with minimal assistance.

Types of help available:

Through our Emergency Assistance Program (EAP), financial assistance is provided for costs necessary to maintain housing – utility, water, rent, and/or mortgage payments. Food assistance is also available.

People applying for assistance need to bring their photo ID and Social Security number, as well as Social Security numbers for everyone in the household. This information is needed each time clients apply for service.

How can people access help?

No referrals are needed for food assistance. Food assistance is handled through Greensboro Urban Ministry’ 305 W. Gate City Blvd. location. Food assistance hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who need to come after 4:30 p.m.  should call 553-2659 or 553-2660 to make arrangements.

Utility/water/rent or mortgage: Due to high demand for services, potential clients meet with an interviewer who reviews their situation.  After being qualified, these individuals receive immediate assistance with past due bills to prevent eviction. No referrals are needed for financial assistance.  Individuals in need of financial assistance should call 336.553.2657 to schedule an appointment.

Financial interviews available: Mon- Fri 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
(Times and availability subject to change.)

Assistance Policy
The information set out below provides important guidance regarding Greensboro Urban Ministry fundraising and emergency assistance activities. If you receive solicitations in conflict with these guidelines, contact Greensboro Urban Ministry directly:

  • We do not solicit door to door for financial support.
  • We do not solicit and will not accept money directly from a client in order to provide financial assistance.
  • When Greensboro Urban Ministry provides financial assistance the money will be paid directly to the provider of the service or need.
  • A Greensboro Urban Ministry application and/or agreement must  be completed prior to services provided.
  • All applications and agreements for services will be made at Greensboro Urban Ministry at 305 West Gate City Boulevard, Pathways Center at 3517 North Church Street, or Partnership Village at 135 Greenbriar Road.

Tyra Clymer (right) with longtime EAP volunteer Dave Thomas in 2016.

Tyra Clymer is the director of the Emergency Assistance Program. Tyra is a graduate of N.C. A&T University and earned her MS is organizational management from Pfeiffer University. She began at GUM in 1995 as Weaver House Shelter and joined the EAP program in 1996. She has served as director for eight years.

If you have questions about the authenticity of an agreement or assistance offered or requested, please contact Greensboro Urban Ministry at (336) 553-2645. The Director of Programs will confirm if a service is a valid Greensboro Urban Ministry program process or not.

For more information, call 336.553.2657 or email us.

Interested in hearing from the clients we serve? View the video below to learn about Harold and Capitola’s experience with Greensboro Urban Ministry.