Application period closing for NC HOPE rent, utility assistance program

By | November 11, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) The application period for N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program will close Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Prior to the deadline, low- to moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply online at nc211.org/hope or by calling 2-1-1 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday.

Administered by N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency in the Department of Public Safety, the HOPE Program promotes housing stability during the ongoing pandemic by providing rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections.

Since the application period opened on October 15, more than 37,000 people have applied for assistance through the program, which is expected to deplete currently allotted funds.

State officials are working to obtain additional funding to ensure that even more North Carolinians receive pandemic-related financial assistance.

To be eligible for rent and/or utility assistance, renters must be at least one month behind on their rent or utilities when they apply, have a current household income that is 80 percent of the area median income or lower, and must have had their ability to pay rent or utilities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Under Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 171 issued October 28, initially eligible program applicants may not be evicted for non-payment through December 31.

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Renters can apply for utility assistance, rent assistance, or both programs.

Once approved, rent will be paid to the landlord on behalf of the applicant, including overdue and future rent payments for up to six months.

Utility payments will be made directly to the utility provider for up to six months of past-due essential utilities, such as electricity, water, sewer/wastewater, natural gas, and propane.

To learn more about the HOPE Program, visit nc211.org/hope

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