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Applications now open for North Carolina's eviction prevention program for hardships faced during pandemic

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 17:36:18-04

Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday that applications are now being accepted for the N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program, which will assist eligible renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

“The spread of coronavirus has affected every aspect of our lives. Many have lost jobs, had work hours cut back or had to care for someone who has become ill with COVID-19,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “By creating this program to help with rent and utility bills, we can keep people in their homes where they will be safest during this pandemic.”

The HOPE Program will provide $117 million for rent and utility assistance for renters who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, have a current household income that is 80 percent of the area median income or lower, and are behind on their rent or utilities when they apply.

Renters who need rent or utility assistance can apply online here.

Applicants who cannot access the online application can also call 2-1-1 Monday-Friday between 7 am and 6 pm.

Renters can apply for both programs. Rent assistance is paid to the landlord on behalf of the applicant, including overdue and future rent payments, for up to six months. At least one month’s rent must be overdue at the time of application.

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.