COVID-19 Resident Assistance Programs

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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


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

Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Administered by: New Hanover County


Program: Assistance is available to qualified households towards emergency monthly rental/utility assistance for their primary residence. Please note this program provides rental and utility assistance only. Assistance with other housing expenses including repairs, taxes and other costs are not eligible for this program.

Criteria: Resident of New Hanover County. Qualify for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19. At risk of homelessness or experiencing housing instability. Have not received any rental assistance from any other federally funded program. Rent and utilities were current as of March 13, 2020.6. Household income is less than 80% of the AMI (Area Median Income). 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
Administered by: City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Program: The RAP provides aid to households that are unable to pay rent or utilities due to economic constraints from the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Resident of the City of Fayetteville or Cumberland County, North Carolina;
  • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. Please note that households with an income at or below 50% will be prioritized during the first 30 days of the program to ensure funding is made available to our most vulnerable populations. Households not in this priority group are still encouraged to apply at this time and should be aware of potential delays in application review and processing.