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Find rental assistance in Gaston County.

Rent help is available in Gaston County as part of a process known as Homeless Prevention & Stabilization. There are many parts of this program. They include the issuance of emergency cash grants for paying security deposits or back rent, outreach, and also help in finding and applying to other public benefits including section 8 HUD housing.

Several agencies take part in these various housing assistance programs that help with rent in Gaston County. They are listed below. Each has a different application process. Emergency rental assistance may be issued by a church, a non-profit organization, or a charity. Some of the funding is also focused on the most vulnerable. This means that a senior citizen, single mom, or disabled individuals is often first in line for any short term rent help.

Family Endeavors of Gaston County
This regional non-profit only help veterans and their immediate family members. The SSVF program, which is the result of HUD funding, offers government grants to pay for everything from moving costs to rental deposits, application fees, storage costs, repairs, and job training costs. Guidance is also given to help clients obtain VA and other rent or housing benefits

Cramerton Ministerial Relief Association
501 Cramer Mtn. Rd.
Cramerton, North Carolina 28032
Main number is (704) 824-4286
Funds to pay rent is only for Cramerton families. Duke Power and local churches pay for this service, and there may also be interest free loans used to pay energy bills or a portion of the rent to a landlord.

Bessemer City Crisis Center
Main address is 111 N. 12th St., PO Box 921
Bessemer City, NC 28016
Dial (704) 629-2147
The charity can help bill for utility bills if it can prevent an eviction. Other grants can help with rent, fuel, or a security deposit. The United Way of Gaston County provides partial funding.




Exodus Homes
Transitional housing is given to the homeless that are recovering from substance abuse. Over 60 beds are on site, and guests also get meals, social services, clothing, and housing support.

Cherryville Area Ministries and Thrift Shop
Main Location - 212 N. Mountain St., PO Box 611
Cherryville, NC 28021
(704) 435-3816
Emergency rent assistance, gas, and food is offered. The thrift shop also has low cost furniture, appliances, and other goods for an apartment. This can free up the family's income so they can keep up with the monthly rent on their own.

Crisis Assistance Ministry of Christians and Jews of Greater Gastonia (CAM)
Main address: 805 W. Airline Ave.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052
Main telephone - (704) 867-8901
The charity offers shelter, limited financial aid for electric bills or rent, counseling and referrals to stop an eviction. All applications for a grant need to be done in person.

Community Relief Organization of Mount Holly
Main address is PO Box 831
Mount Holly, North Carolina 28120
Only residents of Catawba Heights, Mount Holly, and Lucia. Call (704) 827-0450.

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Inc. -  NC Access to Civil Justice Act
Address - 111 E. 3rd Ave., Suite 200
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 865-2357
Free legal aid covers landlord tenant disputes, security for domestic violence, and fraud. They also help seniors and the poor apply for benefits, such as HUD section 8 rent vouchers or disability.





Belmont Housing Authority
Main address: 33 W. Myrtle St.
Belmont, NC 28012
Phone number: (704) 825-9376
2-4 bedroom apartments for low and moderate income residents, including senior citizens or single parents. Applicants need to meet Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

SOCKS - Serving Our Community with Kindness
Address: PO Box 269
McAdenville, North Carolina 28101
Phone: (704) 827-8780
Residents in the Springwood and McAdenville region can apply for rental loans or grants. The funds can help with rent arrears, pay for power bills, deposits, or even household equipment/furniture.

By Jon McNamara













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