Eviction and homeless prevention in Cumberland County North Carolina.

The homeless, including tenants threatened with an eviction in Cumberland County North Carolina, have many resources available to them. The federal government, non-profits agencies, local law firms in Fayetteville, and other organizations all work to solve the housing crisis facing the region. Some of the programs that may be available include the following.

-With the large number of veterans and their spouses in the area, the SSVF - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) can provide homeless prevention assistance.

-Legal aid can help with civil housing issues, including eviction notices, foreclosures, and ensuring access to safe housing.

-Some Cumberland County charities offer vouchers for motels, shelter, food to the homeless, and emergency rent help.

-Government grants from ESG offer a variety of eviction assistance resources, including money for rent arrears, deposit help, counseling, job placement, and more.

-Credit counseling agencies in Fayetteville North Carolina can help potential renters improve their credit scores.

-The homeless can be placed into transitional housing.

-Children and women victims of domestic violence can get priority for rehousing in safe apartments in the community.

Eviction prevention services are also customized for Native Americans and members of the military (both current and veterans), which groups are a large percentage of the population in Cumberland County.





Those residents which have served are country can apply for SSVF grants. This HUD supported program not only offers financial help for expenses such as rent, but the money can pay for self-sufficiency needs. Clients can review the latest information on landlord/tenant responsibilities and eviction rights in North Carolina, receive gasoline vouchers for a job interview, be referred to housing, and get applications for VA benefits. Much more can be provided by SSVF.

The Fayetteville based North Carolina Indian Housing Authority is for Native Americans in the community. The phone number is (910)-483-5073. Clients of this non-profit can access both direct aid and referrals as needed.

The Cumberland County Continuum of Care on Homelessness works with the city of Fayetteville, local churches, and other groups to stop eviction. The agency can refer tenants (or the homeless) to Emergency Solutions Grants, which are used for paying housing expenses. The coalition that is part of the Continuum may also have information on emergency rent help for preventing evictions as well as government run programs to help pay utility, water, and heating bills. Those two are very critical housing expenses that need to be paid.

Formerly homeless or evicted families that are being rehoused can apply for the Utility Deposit for Homeless Clients program. This service is run by social services in the city of Fayetteville. Cash grants help pay for the costs involved to get utilities up and running. Up to $300 may be paid for electricity, water, sewer, or gas hook up fees.

Other support is also given to this target group of currently homeless individuals. However, when seeking rehousing in Cumberland County, the Continuum of Care affiliated agency will require the applicant to be financially stable for up to 6 months and also have a job. Or the tenants income can come from another benefit, such as SSI disability or a pension. Generally, the applicant for rehousing must also be leaving a transitional housing unit in the county.





Additional services to stop evictions

There are several other resources. Charities such as the Green’s Shelter for Women (which is located in Fayetteville) will provide a safe place for females, whether they have children or are single parents. The guests basic needs around clothing and nutrition will be covered too.

Attorneys in Cumberland County can also answer questions on an eviction notice sent by the landlord. There are also some firms that handle foreclosure cases. Tenants that are very low income can often use this service at no cost to them. There are also lawyers that offer free advice to veterans and their spouses as well.

Military members have their own unique challenges to keeping up with their bills. With many Fayetteville area serve members being deployed oversees, the spouses are often left in a difficult spot. So they can turn to local non-profits that focus on their housing needs. No charity wants to see a military family go homeless, so they offer various eviction prevention services.

The leading resource for the community is the Cumberland County Continuum of Care on Homelessness as well as the Urban Ministry. If an eviction is caused by unpaid utility bills, back rent, or a dispute with a landlord, these and other agencies can help the tenant. Dial (910) 483-5944 for intake, or go to the Continuum of Care website to seek help.




By Jon McNamara

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