By Outer Banks Voice on October 21, 2020
Dare County tweeted out this message on Oct. 21 telling renters who have suffered financial losses from the COVID-19 pandemic about a potential opportunity to receive assistance from a new $117 million state program.
“Are you behind on rent and utilities due to COVID-19? The HOPE Program provides rent and utility payments for qualifying low-income and moderate-income renters. To apply, call 2-1-1. For more information, visit nc211.org/hope.”
Since North Carolina announced the HOPE (Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions) program last week, 12,000 eligible applicants have filed for assistance. The HOPE Program provides assistance to eligible low-and-moderate income renters experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic by making direct payments to landlords and utility companies.
The HOPE Program is funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant−Coronavirus funds and U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Relief funds, which have been provided to North Carolina. The funds are administered by the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the Department of Public Safety, and will be distributed through community partner agencies across the state.