Rent assistance in Durham North Carolina.

If you need help paying rent in Durham North Carolina, find information on agencies, churches, and government programs that offer rental 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 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, 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. 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. 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.

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.

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 688-8247) may have rent assistance for seniors age 60 and over.

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 and 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.

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.

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, support is arranged. More on Durham County homeless prevention.

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), and also Interfaith Hospitality Network (dial 682-2846)




By Jon McNamara

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