HOPE Program Applicant Pre-Screening Tool Indicates required field This pre-screening tool is designed to help applicants determine their initial eligibility for the HOPE Program. As you answer questions using the pre-screening tool, additional questions will appear depending on whether your answers indicate you may be eligible for assistance through the program. Meeting the requirements listed in this pre-screening tool does not guarantee you are eligible for assistance through the program. New HOPE Applicants: The online application on the HOPE website is for new program applicants only. If the pre-screening tool indicates you are eligible and you are a new HOPE program applicant, then you should proceed with completing the online application. Returning HOPE Applicants: The website application is for new HOPE Program applicants only. If you have applied to the HOPE Program or received assistance from the HOPE Program in the past, you should receive an email with a link to reapply soon. If you need help reapplying, please contact your HOPE Specialist. If you do not know who your HOPE Specialist is, please call (888) 9ASK-HOPE or (888) 927-5467 to be connected with your HOPE Specialist. PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONS: Have you applied to the HOPE Program or received assistance from the HOPE Program before? - Select -YesNo The website application is for new HOPE Program applicants only. If you have applied to the HOPE Program or received assistance from the HOPE Program in the past, please set up an account and re-apply using the HOPE Self-Service Applicant Portal. You can also call (888) 9ASK-HOPE or (888) 927-5467 to be connected with your HOPE Specialist for assistance. Do you rent your place of residence? - Select -YesNo Have you missed a rent payment(s) since April 1, 2020, or been faced with homelessness or possible eviction? - Select -YesNo Have you lost income or been unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or experienced significant costs or financial hardship from the pandemic? - Select -YesNo Do you live in one of the 88 North Carolina counties that the HOPE Program serves? - Select -YesNo Find Your County Status: Check the NC HOPE Interactive Map to confirm whether you live in one of the 88 counties served by the program. Tribal Members: Registered members of the Coharie Tribe, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina or Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe, should apply to their tribal government’s rent and utility assistance program instead of the HOPE Program. Tribal program information is also available on the NC HOPE Interactive Map. Your responses to the pre-screening questions indicate that you may be eligible for the HOPE Program. Please start your application. APPLY NOW APLICA YA Your response to one or more of the pre-screening questions indicates that you are not eligible for the HOPE Program. Be sure to check local program availability and the list of additional resources for other other possible assistance. Your county human services department or United Way of North Carolina may also be able to help.