Did You Know:

Canton was originally Cherokee Indian Territory. A post office first opened here in 1837 and the community at the time was named Pigeon River.
Health and Human Services Agency Print

Stoney Blevins, Director
Dept. of Social Services
157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 300
Clyde, NC 28721
(828) 452-6620
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Department of Social Services Overview

The Haywood County Department of Social Services is a public agency that administers 40 different programs for the benefit of the citizens of Haywood County. The department has several programmatic teams that operate specifically under Federal and State legal authority to provide services including but not limited to the following: Work First Employment Services and Work First Family Assistance, Medicaid, various Adult Services, various Family & Children’s Services, Food and Nutrition Services and Meals on Wheels.

Our operating budget consists of Federal, State and County dollars. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The Department functions under the authority of a Social Services Board made up of five members of our community. The Director reports to that Board of Directors.

Agency Core Values
  • The best place for children is in families who provide a nurturing environment, safe from neglect or abuse;
  • Families are the backbone of our society;
  • We will be responsive to our community in a worthwhile and measurable way;
  • Public service is an opportunity to make positive changes in people’s lives;
  • We strive to protect those among us who cannot protect themselves;
  • Teamwork is the means to carry out our mission and goals;
  • We provide quality and efficient service to each client by presenting all available options in a compassionate and professional manner;
  • We treat all people with dignity and respect; and
  • We value the power of external partnerships to support our mission
 **The Department of Social Services provides free language assistance
in Spanish and other languages**

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Agency Divisions

Economic Services
Teresa Allison, Program Administrator

Debbie Brown, Economic Services Supervisor
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Work First Family Assistance Eligibility
General Assistance
Energy Assistance Programs

Food and Nutrition Services

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Legal Division
828-452-6620, ext. 2387
Social Work Programs
Donna Lupton, Program Administrator
Additional Programs and Information