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Cleveland and Rutherford County rental assistance.

One time emergency rental assistance may be provided to families in both Cleveland County as well as the Rutherford area. Most of the financial support from charities, churches or the government, including grants, used for paying rent or security deposits will focus on residents with an eviction notice. During the application process other solutions will be explored as well. Everything is targeted at addressing a housing crisis that may be faced by a struggling family.

There are various homeless prevention programs in the region. Most of them were created with one goal in mind. That is to help low income families, including senior citizens and others such as veterans, to pay the rent to maintain their current home. It will also address other needs, ranging from credit counseling to employment.

In some cases, the best option is to help pay the security deposit or first months rent on new, affordable housing in Cleveland County. This will be emphasized even more so when the current home or apartment is just not feasible to live in.

Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry
Location - 208 North Cleveland Avenue
Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086
(704) 739-7256
Resources range from emergency funds for rent to motel vouchers and referral to low income housing in Cleveland County.

Salvation Army of Shelby
311 North Lafayette Street
Shelby, NC 28150
Call the charity at (704) 482-0375
A leading, regional non-profit. As a last resort, the agency may help clients apply for grants for rent or utility bill assistance, if they are facing eviction or disconnection of their services.




City of Shelby Housing Authority
P.O. Box 1192
Shelby, NC 28151
Phone: 704-484-6830
Applications are processed for section 8 or public housing, and social workers may offer referrals.

Supportive Services for Veterans Families is run by Community Christian Ministry. Call (828) 259-5314. They only assist veterans and their families. Everything from security deposit help to loans for back rent and emergency funding is offered. Staff also help address barriers to buying a home, assist with applications to benefits, and more.

Chase Corner United Methodist Ministries
Address is 1604 Chase High Road
Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 247-0096
Rent help is only for people with an eviction notice. All applicants need to meet income requirements. Other programs include clothing, furniture, and funds for utility bills.

Rutherford County Department of Social Services
Location is 389 Fairground Road
Spindale, North Carolina 28160
Main phone - (828) 287-6165
On occasion, the government agency may offer rental or utility bill assistance to families facing homelessness. Or they can help a family in poverty locate public housing.
Cleveland County families can call their office in Shelby at (704) 484-4900. They too may offer financial aid for rent or other advice. Read more on public housing cash assistance in North Carolina.

Rescue Mission
There is both a women and men shelter. Other assistance may be food, clothing, and, once stabilized, referrals to rental and/or deposit assistance. Men's center is at 1100 Buffalo Street, Shelby, North Carolina 28150, dial 704.481.1889 or women can use 301 N. Washington Street, Shelby, NC 28150, phone 704.751.1262.





Legal Aid
(704) 865-2357
The local office can also provide assistance to low income families facing an eviction. Seniors of all income levels can also apply.

Yokefellow Service Center - Rutherford County
Address is 132 Blanton Street
Spindale, North Carolina 28160
They only help Rutherford County. (828) 287-0776
Everything from rent or mortgage payment assistance is administered by the charity. There may be other emergency financial help for bills or housing needs as well.

By Jon McNamara

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