JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — After years of planning, Onslow County’s Consolidated Human Services Building now has all of its residents moved in.
Last year, the Onslow County Consolidated Human Services Building opened, bringing the Health Department and the Department of Social Services together for the first time in years.
Heidi Baur, the Director of Onslow County Social Services, said, “this is the first time in over 20 years we’ve all been in one building. Which is huge.”
But it wasn’t until today that the building officially had all of its departments moved in and open to the public.
The last piece of the puzzle to having all county human services in one place was to get Economic Services moved into the building. That happened at the end of last week and today is the first day that clients can take advantage of having all of these services in one building.
For Onslow County Residents, this means that everything from healthcare to social services to economic help can be accessed in one place.
“They don’t have to run around town trying to access different functions, different services,” said Cindi Douglas, Income Maintenance Supervisor. “They can come to one building and see their social worker, perhaps their income maintenance caseworker, and if they need services through the health department, that’s also made available to them here.”
Douglas said the ability to make referrals and share information within the building will be a huge step forward for the county and for residents.
‘When they get here,” said Douglas, “if we see that there are other services that they may be eligible for, we can also make those referrals for them and they can take care of that while they’re here instead of having to come back another day.”
The Consolidated Human Services Building is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 612 College Street in Jacksonville.