It’s deadline day to apply for rent, utility bill help through HOPE program

Wednesday is deadline to apply for help paying rent, utility bills through HOPE program

NORTH CAROLINA — Here’s some important information for those who have struggled to pay rent or their utility bills -- the deadline to apply for help paying those bills is Wednesday.

The HOPE program pays up to six months of rent and utilities, and it can be a big help to those who need it.

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The state has already received thousands of applications, but there is still money left.

First, you have to have a household income that is 80% of your area’s income. That’s means for a single person, you are making $46,800 or less and for a family of four, you’d need to make less than $66,800.

You also have to be at least one month behind on your rent because of the pandemic.

Once approved, the initiative pays landlords and utilities directly to keep you in your home with the lights on. Again, this help is available for up to six months and can go toward back payments if you are behind.

The Housing Partnership oversees the program in Charlotte. The deadline to apply is 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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