Deadline approaching for grant program for Meck Co. homeowners in need

MECKLENBURG COUNTY — The deadline to apply for help is fast approaching for Mecklenburg County homeowners who are struggling with rising costs of living and the impact of COVID-19.

Helping Out Mecklenburg’s Homeowners with Economic Support (HOMES) is a grant program designed to assist residential low-income Mecklenburg County homeowners to retain their homes by reducing their financial burden. The program provides economic assistance, granting up to $340 for qualified homeowners.

Applications and verifications must be submitted and postmarked by Oct. 31.

“The HOMES program still has funds available for qualified homeowners,” Yulonda Griffin, the director of the Department of Community Resources, said in a news release. “We want to see as many people as possible get the help they need.”

There is no age requirement to participate in the program, and the home does not have to be paid off. Applicants must live in Mecklenburg County and have lived in their home for at least the last three years to qualify. In addition, applicants must not have more than one delinquent tax bill in the last three years and meet a qualifying total household income level. Click here to see a full list of eligibility requirements.

New applicants and previous grant recipients are encouraged to complete and submit the easy, one-page application online or by mail.

To confirm eligibility and to download an application in English or Spanish, go to MeckNC.gov/4HOMES. Downloaded applications may be submitted online or printed for mailing. Paper applications are also available at the Department of Community Resources or the County Assessor’s Office, which are at 3205 Freedom Drive. Applications can also be requested by phone at 980-314-HOME (4663).

All printed applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31 to the Department of Community Resources, 3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28208.

For more information on the program, go to MeckNC.gov/4HOMES or call 980-314-HOME (4663).

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