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Rent assistance in Durham County North Carolina.

If you need help paying rent in Durham North Carolina, find information on charity agencies, churches, and government programs that help. Organizations offer rental or security deposit assistance and low income housing programs. Some programs focus on families with children, the elderly, or disabled, but always call a non-profit to ask about or apply for a loan or rent help.

Each year thousands of local Durham NC families are provided some form of housing or rental assistance. In some cases the money may be offered to directly pay rent, in other cases the assistance may be more in the form of counseling, advice, free legal aid or referrals to other local agencies or government programs. However the bottom line is that each and every non-profit, church, or government program is committed to offering as many people as possible with rent assistance.

A local church which is a great resource is the Presbyterian Urban Ministries (phone number 220-8757). On average, $50 can be provided to help pay rent, utilities, and other emergency expenses. The programs are focused on families with young children, disabled, and senior citizens.

Durham County Department of Social Services - There are two housing and rent assistance focused programs offered. They include Elderly and Disabled Emergency Services (located at 220 E. Main Street and phone number 560-8600) as well as Family with children Emergency Services (300 N. Duke Street call 560-8301).

In addition to offering those rent and housing programs, the Durham NC DSS also administers various financial assistance programs such as TANF, Medicaid, and Food Stamps. They also operate a Homeless Prevention program (phone 560-8655). The Department of Social Services also offers emergency assistance with paying rent, cooling bills and utilities, health care expenses, and also free food. so the amount of resources is extensive.

Operation Breakthrough partners with DSS above, and they receive grants from that organization. The money is used to fund a program known as Family Empowerment Action to Self Sufficiency, which can provide funds to pay rent. This non-profit can also often help with paying a security deposit on a new home or apartment. Call FEATSS Services at 688-8111 ext. 228.




Another local religious organization/church is Second Mile Ministry (phone 286-3596) and it is located in Grey Stone Baptist Church on 2601 Hillsborough Rd.. Services are in high demand, so stop by and line up early for free food and funds to pay rent or housing expenses like utilities.

Durham Housing Authority runs the Section 8 Housing Program for Durham NC. Section 8 can help very low income families in paying rent on private housing units and apartments of their choice. They also offer rent help for the disabled from Shelter Plus Care. Call (919) 683-1551.

Families with children, the disabled, adults, and senior citizens can try calling Women In Action at 680-4575. Funding is very limited, and in some cases a loan will be issued for back rent costs. The agency will also focus on single moms and females in Durham County.

Open Table Ministry is for the currently homeless in Durham County. Phone number is (919) 412-7011. Homeless shelters are offered to stabilize the family. Then there may be financial for for job costs, first months rent or deposits, utility bills and more. The focus is on housing assistance. Address is 215 N Church St, Durham, North Carolina 27701.

The Summit Church is a faith based charity that helps the vulnerable with rent as well as other bills. This includes migrant workers, Hispanics, the underemployed and others. It is at 2335-114 Presidential Dr., Durham, NC 27703. Call the church at (919) 354-5994.

Durham North Carolina Salvation Army may be able to help those on the verge of homelessness and who have an eviction notice. Call 688-7306. Some other forms of bills may be able to be paid too, including back rent.





Emergency funds are offered on a sliding fee scale by the Catholic Charities. Small amounts of aid is offered in a crisis. They focus on stopping evictions, and may have occasional government grants for rental and other housing expenses. 902 Broad Street, Durham NC. Call 286-1964

AIDS Community Residence Association can offer low income housing assistance for people with HIV/AIDS. Call 956-7901.

Council for Senior Citizens (phone number 919-688-8247) may have rent assistance for seniors age 60 and over. They are at 406 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701. There is support for the disabled too, and the rent help can be for supportive housing that seniors or retirees need.

People with severe physical disabilities can call Independent Living at 560-6815. The non-profit charity may have housing information, placement and modifications for the disabled. They help place them into affordable homes and coordinate medical or other care.

Churches and charities that are part of New Hope offer transitional housing to the low income as well as struggling. They also facilitate case management and may offer Durham families funds, or a no interest loan, for first months rent or other bills such as a security deposit. Many resources are available to clients of the charity. Call 919-489-6282 for information. Continue with Housing for New Hope rent assistance.

White Rock Baptist Church
3400 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
Main phone - (919) 688-8136
This charity offers help to the disabled as well as families with children, including single mothers and dads in Durham. Emergency rent help, free furniture, and other housing resources. Other resources include food, housewares, and furnishing for apartments.

Legal Aid of Durham is made up of pro-bono attorneys and volunteers that offer free representation and advice. They deal with unsafe housing, work to prevent evictions, and mediate payment plans on overdue rent between tenants and landlords. Phone (910) 763-6207.

Fayetteville Family Life Center, located at 902 Broad Street (call (919) 286-1964),can offer emergency funds to stop homelessness. Case managers also have information on government benefits, including ESG grants for paying rent, public housing vouchers, and other aid.

Calvary United Methodist Church
Main address is 304 E. Trinity Ave
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Homeless prevention, including a few dollars for rent or utility bills, may be offered. It is for low income and the working poor. Many applicants have an eviction letter, or are close to it.

Grants for rapid rehousing and homeless prevention can help the homeless and tenants facing eviction. Whether it is emergency money for rent or access to free legal aid or a government grant, support is arranged. Latinos, Spanish and non-English speakers can apply too. More on Durham County homeless prevention.





Veterans only can turn to Volunteers of America. The main service is a transitional housing program in Durham County called Maple Court. But they also offer food, referrals to grants for paying rent, deposits, or moving mosts, case management and more. The housing resources are at 207 Commons Blvd., Durham, NC 27704. Veterans only can call (301) 459-2020 or call 477-0571

Shelters and transitional housing in Durham

These too can stop homelessness. Referrals may be given to financial aid as well. Durham North Carolina shelter and emergency housing is offered by the following:

  • Urban Ministries Community Shelter, 410 Liberty St. (call 682-0538 ext. 21)
  • Women & Family Shelter (phone number 688-4909)
  • Durham Rescue Mission Men's Shelter 1201 E. Main St. (phone 688-9641)
  • Durham Crisis Response Center helps women or children who are facing domestic violence. The address is  206 N Dillard St, Durham, NC 27701. Call  (919) 403-9425.
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network (dial 682-2846)
  • Genesis Home is a homeless shelter at 300 N Queen St, Durham, NC 27701. Call (919) 683-5878
  • Dove House can house women, children, minorities, and others. Address is 1406 Holloway St, Durham, North Carolina 27703. Phone (919) 682-3777

By Jon McNamara

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