About NC HOPE

About HOPE

The NC Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is managed by the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the state Department of Public Safety. HOPE provides rent and utility bill assistance to very low-income renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is committed to helping North Carolina renters stay safe in their homes by preventing evictions and loss of utility services. The HOPE Program is not currently accepting applications, however, a new application period is expected to launch in May 2021.

HOPE Program funding is provided to the state through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant−Coronavirus Relief and U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund allocations, and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. 

Assistance Provided

Totals as of June 7, 2021

$0 Million Awarded

0 Number of Rent & Utility Awards

0 Households Helped

Areas Served

The second HOPE Program application period opened May 18, 2021, with assistance offered to very low-income renters in 88 North Carolina counties. Very low-income is defined as earning less than or equal to 50 percent of the area median income for the county where the renter lives. Twelve North Carolina counties received direct federal funding for rent and utility assistance programs, including Buncombe, Cabarrus, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Johnston, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Union and Wake. Renters who live in these 12 counties should apply to their local government emergency rent and utility assistance program instead of the HOPE Program. 

In addition, five Native American tribes also received direct federal funding for rent and utility assistance programs, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Coharie Tribe, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe. Recognized members of these tribes should apply to their emergency tribal rent and utility assistance program instead of the HOPE Program. 

Contact information for the local government and tribal programs is available on the HOPE Program Map.

HOPE Outreach Toolkit

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