If you are a tenant behind on rent and/or utility payments due to COVID-19, there may be financial assistance available.
How can I find assistance with rent and utility bills?
All 100 counties in North Carolina have or will have Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (ERAP) available to those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. To find rent and utility assistance programs in your county, visit nc211.org/rent-assistance and answer the screening questions.
Who is eligible for Emergency Rental Assistance Programs?
While eligibility does vary slightly by county, generally renters who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and meet income limits are eligible to apply for payment assistance. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Lost job or reduced hours
- Increased childcare expenses
- Medical expenses due to COVID-19
How can I apply?
Each program has its own detailed application procedure. 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.
How can I make sure the process moves as quickly as possible?
With so many North Carolinians applying for rent and utility assistance, it may take some time to receive your payment through an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). However, checking email regularly (including spam and junk folders), answering the phone and checking your voicemail, and returning requested documents quickly will speed up the process.
Am I protected from eviction?
The current state and federal temporary eviction moratoriums are scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021. Regardless of the status of the federal moratorium, Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 206 prevents eviction for a failure to pay rent through June 30, 2021 in North Carolina. The tenant is responsible for completing the affidavit and delivering it to the landlord. To find out who is eligible for eviction protection and read more details about how the process works, click here.
Need more information?
Dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist, available 24/7/365.
SOURCES: CDC, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Governor Roy Cooper