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North Carolina eviction prevention programs and homeless assistance.

Federal government funds that are part of the Emergency Solutions Grant program can help stop evictions from occurring in North Carolina. In addition, the state, partnering with local non-profits, will work to both shelter and re-house those residents that are currently homeless. Very low income families have several different resources to explore listed below by county, all of which may offer assistance with paying rent, provide them with case management, or maybe issue funds to pay a security deposit on a new home.

Rehousing for the low income or homeless in North Carolina

Rapid Re-Housing involves locating a new home or apartment for a homeless individual. Or a case manager will help someone who is currently housed (but facing imminent eviction) find a more affordable place to live in North Carolina.

Throughout this entire process, social workers will work with the client and provide case management and other support. This is intended to address the root cause of their struggles, and it touches upon employment, credit counseling, and other activities.

The financial component of rehousing someone that is currently homeless is very limited, but it can be quite extensive as funds allow. ESG grants may be used to pay for short-and/or medium-term rental assistance. Other costs involved in moving the family can be paid as well, such as security deposits, rental application fees, storage costs or utility bill deposits. In certain situations, agencies may issue zero percent interest rate loans to applicants in an effort to conserve limited resources. Some non-profits in North Carolina will also help individuals or families living in shelters relocate as quickly as possible into a new, affordable permanent home.

Financial help to stop homeless including evictions

North Carolina also takes a pro-active approach to preventing evictions in the first place. The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) can be used to meet this goal. Families, single parents, or individuals that are behind on their rent, and facing imminent eviction from their landlord, can explore some of the following programs.




  • Legal services for tenants, including landlord-tenant mediation and referrals to pro-bono attorneys. The parties work together to find some type of solution to the crisis. More details on North Carolina free legal aid from attorneys.
  • Direct financial aid. This is not common and the applicant needs to normally be executing on a self-sufficiency plan. However, there may be government grants for paying back rent, utilities, or other housing costs.
  • Relocation can help move someone into a more affordable apartment or home. Too many residents in North Carolina, even those that are employed, just can't pay the rent over the long term, so non-profits may have some funds to move people.

Stabilization services cover those activities that are necessary for retaining suitable permanent housing. Case managers will work with clients on an assessment of any housing barriers they have. The next step will be the development of an action plan. If needed, in some cases the plan may require relocation, as noted above.

The goal is to help the struggling individual overcome barriers and prevent homelessness from reoccurring. So to this end, non-profits can use ESG funds for assessing, arranging, and ongoing monitoring the delivery of individualized services. This will often go on for several weeks, and the client needs to attend credit counseling, budgeting, and other workshops.

With resources very limited from ESG, many of the charities or non-profits will also try to provide referrals. So income qualified individuals can learn about public housing or rent subsidized programs such as section 8 vouchers. In some cases clients may be referred to organizations such as the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities, as some of these groups may have emergency funds to prevent evictions. Or they administer shelters. Last, but not least, many law firms in North Carolina do pro-bono work that focuses on the homeless.

Street outreach is another service offered. This will involve a social worker, or volunteers, pro-actively trying to find unsheltered residents in many towns and cities across North Carolina. When this occurs, the staff will refer the homeless person to short term housing, whether that is an emergency shelter or transitional housing center.







Non-profits to call for local eviction or rehousing assistance in North Carolina

Find the main cities and counties in NC below. The funds and resources vary greatly. Many of the organizations that offer rapid rehousing or homeless prevention programs are community action agencies, and they will offer families that are facing an eviction referrals to assistance programs. Scroll down the page to find other statewide and counties resources as well.

Balance of State is covered by NC Coalition to End Homelessness - Dial (888) 742-3465
Counties: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Graham, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Macon, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank,
Perquimans, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrell, Union, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wilson, Yadkin

Alamance County Community Services Agency, Inc.
Telephone: (336) 229-7031

Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond County
Telephone number of the non-profit is (910) 947-5675

Asheville and Buncombe County
City of Asheville
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Yancey Community Action
Telephone: (828) 264-2421

Beaufort, Martin, Pitt County Community Action
Dial (252) 792-7111





Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Hoke, Pender, Robeson, Scotland County - Community Services
Telephone: (910) 277-3500

Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission - Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes
Telephone: (336) 372-7284

Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Transylvania County Community Action
Telephone: (828) 252-2495
Several agencies cover western North Carolina. The homeless prevention programs provide shelter, motel vouchers, as well as emergency financial aid.

Burke, Caldwell County Community Action
Telephone: (828) 438-6255

Cabarrus, Davidson, Montgomery, Moore, Rowan, Stanly County
Telephone: (704) 633-6633

Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington County
(252) 482-4458

Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico Community Action
Telephone: (252) 223-1630

Catawba County Department of Social Services
(828) 695-5603

Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services
600 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Call (704) 336-2266 for details on government grants for rental needs. There may be funds to pay security deposits or money from HUD affiliated agencies to rehouse the homeless.

Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain Community Action
(828) 321-4475

Choanoke Area, which is the counties of Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, and Northampton
Telephone: (252) 539-4155

Cumberland County
(910) 485-6131

Cumberland County CoC non-profit
P O Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
(910) 323-6112
Several other agencies offer eviction help in the area.

Davidson County
Call the agency at (336) 249-0234

Davie, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin Counties
Telephone: (336) 367-7251

Durham County
Telephone number for information on ESG is (919) 688-8111

Durham County
City of Durham
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701.





Eastern Carolina - Duplin, Onslow County
Telephone: (910) 347-2151

Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson County
Dial (252) 442-8081

Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Warren County
(252) 492-0161

Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln, Stanly Community Action
(704) 861-2283

Gastonia/Cleveland, Gaston And Lincoln County
Reinvestment in Communities
P.O. Box 2466
Gastonia, NC 28054-2466
(704) 866-6766

Greene, Lenoir County
Dial (252) 523-7770

Guilford County Welfare Reform Liaison Project
Telephone: (336) 691-5780
Charities that are part of the Continuum of Care administer HPRP services. There is support for veterans, the long term homeless, and tenants with an illegal eviction notice among others.

Haywood, Jackson Community Action Agency
Telephone: (828) 452-1447

Henderson, Transylvania County Community Action
Telephone: (828) 693-1711

Iredell, Lincoln County
(704) 872-8141

Johnston-Lee-Harnett County Community Action
Main telephone: (919) 934-2145

Macon County
Call (828) 524-4471

Mecklenburg and Charlotte Area Fund
Telephone: (704) 372-3010

Orange Chatham Community Action
Call (919) 542-4781

Orange County
Orange Co. Partnership to End Homelessness
(919) 245-2496
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Union County Community Action
Telephone: (704) 283-7583

Wake County
Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent
P O Box 18411
Raleigh, NC 27619
Find information on both grants and loans for paying housing costs. Non-profits in the Raleigh area will not discriminate based on age, race, or religion, and rental or deposit assistance along with shelter is available as a form of eviction prevention.





Wayne County Action Group
Telephone: (919) 734-1178

Wilmington/Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender County
First Fruit Ministries
Wilmington, NC 28408(910) 612-9438

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
City of Winston-Salem
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102
Tenants that need to stop an eviction can get assistance.. Government money may help pay for rental arrears, and attorneys are also in the area. The goal of these programs is to help the homeless and those that are close to it.

By Jon McNamara

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