Rent and utility assistance

Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program

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The Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program can help you pay your rent and utilities (electricity, water, etc.) if you:

  • Are a low-income renter,
  • Are suffering financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and 
  • You live in one of the 88 counties covered by the program.

If you live in one of the 12 counties not covered by the HOPE Program, you may be able to get rental assistance from a program run by your county government (see list below).

If you are a registered member of certain Native American tribes, you may be able to get rental assistance from a program run by your tribal government (see list below).

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County government programs

The 12 counties that are not served by the HOPE Program have their own rental and utility assistance programs. Find information for your county's program below or by using the HOPE Program's interactive map.

Buncombe County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
828-250-5500

Cabarrus County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
704-920-1400, option 4, then option 6

Cumberland County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
888-495-7710

Durham County and City of Durham
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
919-560-8000, option 7

Forsyth County and City of Winston-Salem
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
855-838-6776

Gaston County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
704-862-7901

Guilford County
Guilford CARES
336-641-3000

Johnston County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
919-989-5320

Mecklenburg County and City of Charlotte
COVID -19 Rent and Mortgage Program
980-406-7509

New Hanover County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
910-798-3650

Union County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
980-246-8181

Wake County and City of Raleigh
House Wake! COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program
919-899-9911

Tribal government programs

The following tribal governments have programs for their members financially impacted by the pandemic. If you are a registered member of one of these tribes, you should apply to your tribal government's program instead of the HOPE Program.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation
828-359-6000

Coharie Tribe
910-564-6909

Haliwa-Saponi Tribe
252-586-4017

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
910-775-2543

Waccamaw Siouan Tribe
910-655-8778

Other programs

In addition to the programs listed above, there are nonprofit organizations and churches in some areas that can assist with rent and utilities.

The NC 211 Resource database may have information on a local program that can help you.