The US supreme court announced that evictions would initiate again across the nation on Thursday – Raleigh, N.C Washington.
Right after a few weeks, when the Centers for Disease Control extended the period of the Covid-19 eviction ban until October, the Supreme Court notice came.
Despite the Court Decision, North Carolina residents facing evictions still have help available.
The North Carolina Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is up for help to assist individuals being evicted. They are still taking applications from 88 counties.
According to the reports received from the Public Safety department, North Carolina, the NC HOPE program, since its inception, has distributed around $342 million for rent and utility assistance to over 97,000 North Carolinians.
NCDP reported that the assistance program ranks number 2 in the country to provide help to an unimaginable number of households. Moreover, the state itself ranked number 6 for disbursing Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program’s money.
In an NCDPs news release, Roy Cooper stated that “HOPE has kept nearly 97,000 North Carolina families safe in their homes with the lights on during the pandemic,” he added, “But many people are still struggling financially because of COVID-19, and I encourage those who need help to apply now.”
The program primarily started for those who haven’t received rents from tenants and cannot pay for utilities.
To be eligible to receive help from the eviction assistance program, you must prove that you have no means of income or have lost a job since the start of the Pandemic.
Those who live in any of the counties, including Durham, Cumberland, and Wake don’t require to apply for this program as their counties have their own programs for rental and utility assistance for which they receive funds from the Federal Government to assist the locals.
If you are eligible and want to sign up for the program, click here. Also, you can call 1-888-9ASK-HOPE (888-927-5467) Monday to Friday anytime between 8 am to 5 pm. They have Spanish and Spanish-English help available to assist the callers.
If you want to dig for more information about the HOPE program, check here.