The NC Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is managed by the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the state Department of Public Safety. HOPE provides rent and utility bill assistance to 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. HOPE Program funding was 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.
The HOPE Program application period closed Dec. 17, 2021. The closing of the HOPE application period does not impact local and tribal government programs. Please check the interactive map to learn more about local assistance programs that may be available in your area. Information can also be found on the Additional Rent and Utility Assistance webpage.
Totals since the HOPE Program opened in October 2020; updated April 7, 2022.
Million Paid in Assistance
In addition to the HOPE Program, 12 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.
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 and tribal government programs is available on the interactive map. The closing of the HOPE Program application period does not impact local and tribal government programs.
An initial intake period for the second phase of the HOPE Program prioritized and exclusively served applicants earning less than or equal to 50 percent of the area median income (AMI), which is considered very low-income. June 15 through Dec. 17, 2021, intake for applicants expanded to 80 percent of the AMI. Applicants that were unemployed for 90 days or greater at the time of program application, and did not otherwise meet the income eligibility requirements, were reviewed for eligibility to also prioritize that group for assistance.