COVID-19 Resident Assistance Programs
State & Local Programs
Resident Relief Grant
Administered by: Resident Relief Foudation
Program: The Resident Relief Foundation (RRF) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help responsible residents stay in their apartments during a financial crisis that is outside of their control.
Criteria: Application must be accompanied by “referral” letter from Property Manager or Owner confirming facts of tenancy, been a resident in your current community for 9+ months, paid rent timely every month for the previous five years (only one late payment per year), not violated any terms of lease, have a proven source of income or proof of ability to pay rent past the financial crisis, agree to participate in an online financial education program
North Carolina Eviction Prevention and Utility Payments (HOPE Program)
Administered by: North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency
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Program: Approximately $94 million of the funding will be disbursed by the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) to support rental and utility payments and prevent evictions for those with a demonstrated need. The funding will be distributed to eligible community agencies around the state that will work directly with North Carolinians on an application and disbursement process.
Criteria: 80% AMI or less, COVID Hardship, Proof of Residency (General), Current Lease, Past Due Rent/Eviction Notice
Landlord Requirements: Agree not to evict the tenant for the remainder of the lease; Agree not to increase the rent for the remainder of the lease; Agree to maintain a fit and habitable dwelling penalties
House Wake! Eviction Prevention Program
Administered by: Telamon Corporation
Program: Wake County and community partners have launched the House Wake! COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program. This next phase focuses on preventing the displacement of Wake County renters who lost income as a result of COVID-19. The three-step program offers: financial assistance to tenants and landlords to cover rent shortfalls resulting from a loss of income through a partnership with Telamon Corporation; free legal support through a partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina for tenants who need a lawyer to negotiate filed evictions with landlords or other legal services; and assistance relocating residents whose housing could not be stabilized through steps 1 or 2.
Criteria: COVID Hardship, Proof of Residency (General), Current Lease, Past Due Rent/Eviction Notice
Landlord Requirements: Must agree to forgive 50 percent of back rent owed, discount rent from January 2021 to March 2021 by 25 percent
Orange County Risk Mitigation and Housing Displacement Fund
Administered by: Orange County Housing and Community Development
Fund: The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) created the pilot Risk Mitigation and Housing Displacement Fund in an effort to: (1) encourage landlord participation in Orange County rental assistance and other subsidy programs, (2) assist with housing stabilization and mitigate displacement of low- and very low-income residents, and (3) prevent homelessness.
Criteria: 60% AMI or less, Proof of Residency (General), Current Lease, Liquid Asset Limitations, Have an urgent need for housing assistance
Landlord Requirements: Landlord Participation
City of Charlotte Emergency Rent Assistance Program
Administered by: City of Charlotte; Mecklenburg County; The Housing Partnership
Program: The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is proud to partner with The Housing Partnership to provide rent and mortgage relief to those who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Criteria: 80% AMI or less, COVID Hardship
Landlord Requirements: Landlords must agree to waive late fees and agree to no longer proceed with an eviction filing for the approved applicant; must complete property manager application
Eviction Prevention Project
Administered by: Good Shepard Center
Program: Using HUD CDBG-CV funds, Good Shepherd Center aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent or utilities through payments made directly to their landlord or utility provider.
Criteria: Must rent an apartment or house within the City of Wilmington, NC; must have a valid and current lease signed by landlord; and must be able to prove loss of income due to COVID-19. Do NOT have to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to qualify.
Fayetteville COVID-19 Relief
Administered by: City of Fayetteville
Program: The City of Fayetteville offers a service to assist with rent, utilities and mortgage payments as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Qualified low and moderate income citizens may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 toward rent, utilities, or mortgage payments. A person must call 2-1-1 and ask for COVID rental, mortgage or utility assistance or visit https://www.nc211.org/ to connect with a specialist.
Criteria: Proof of Residency (General), Past Due Rent/Eviction Notice