Temporary Rent & Utility Assistance

If you are unable to pay your rent and/or utility bills due to COVID-19, there are many programs available across the state that may be able to help. Also note that the CDC has issued a federal Eviction Moratorium lasting until June 30, 2021. Click here for more details and information on how to apply. 

All programs listed below have their own detailed application procedures. You will need to provide documentation of the past due amounts and provide the contact information for your landlord/property management and/or utility providers. When approved for assistance, funds are paid directly to the providers. Programs will require disclosure of other assistance applied for or received.

There is help available to those who qualify, however patience, organization, and responsiveness is needed on your part as the application process can take time. Checking email regularly (including spam and junk) and answering the phone will speed up the process. 

Statewide programs: 

  • The NC HOPE Program is administered by the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency in the state Department of Public Safety. Funded by federal emergency coronavirus relief funds, the program promotes housing stability during the pandemic by providing rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections. Applications are not currently being accepted for the HOPE Program. Continue checking nc211.org/hope for updates on when intake will reopen. 
  • The Resident Relief Foundation’s Rental Assistance Program provides one-time grants for one month (or partial month) of rent payment to those who qualify. 

Local programs: 

  • Buncombe County: Eblen Charities offers rent and mortgage assistance to residents of Buncombe County. 
  • Chapel Hill: Orange County Housing & Community Development is offering rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to those who are qualified. 
  • Forsyth County: The City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is offering rent and/or utility assistance to those who are eligible.
  • Gaston County: the county Department of Social Services’ Emergency Rental Assistance Program is offering rent and/or utility assistance to residents of Gaston County. Those interested in applying should call (704) 862-7901. 
  • Gastonia: The City of Gastonia is partnering with United Way of Gaston County to offer utility assistance to those living within city limits. 
  • Greensboro: The City of Greensboro is offering rent and utility assistance under the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to those living within the Greensboro city limits.
  • Guilford County: The county Department of Health & Human Services is offering rent and/or utility assistance for residents of Guilford County. 
  • Hickory: Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry offers rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to those living in the Greater Hickory Area.
  • Madison County: The Madison Friendship Fund provides funds for essential needs, such as rent, mortgage, and utility bills. 
  • Mecklenburg County: Ramp Charlotte offers rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to residents of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
  • New Hanover County: The county Health and Human Services Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is offering rent and/or utility assistance to those living within New Hanover County. 
  • Wake County: House Wake offers rent and utility assistance to those living in Wake County.
  • Wilmington: The Good Shepherd Center is offering rent and/or utility assistance to those living in the City of Wilmington.
  • Winston Salem: The RUMA (Rent, Utilities, Mortgage Assistance) Program uses federal funds to assist residents within city limits. 

New resources can become available. Continue checking this page for updates or call us at 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 and a call specialist can search for what may be available in your area.

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