HOPE Program now accepting tenant referrals from landlords, increasing financial assistance

The Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is now accepting tenant referrals from landlords and increasing financial assistance.

The awards will go to North Carolina households that apply for pandemic-related rent and utility assistance.

“We established the HOPE Program to keep low income tenants hit hard by COVID-19 in their homes with the lights on,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “HOPE has already assisted more than 81,000 families, and these program changes will make sure even more people get the help they need while our state recovers.”

Since opening Fall 2020, the HOPE Program has awarded more than $305.5 million to 81,039 households.

Landlords whose tenants are struggling to pay rent due to the pandemic can submit names and contact information using the HOPE Program website or by contacting the HOPE Call Center at 888-9ASK-HOPE.

Starting Aug. 1, the HOPE Program monthly rent award limit will increase by 30%, which will allow the program to cover approximately 95% of all rent awards requested by tenants. The utility award limit will increase by 100%, a change that will cover nearly 90% of all past-due amounts requested by program applications.

The HOPE Program promotes housing stability by providing rent and utility bill assistance to prevent evictions and the disconnection of utilities.

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