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Rental assistance in North Carolina.

Find help with paying rent in North Carolina. There are statewide resources and agencies at the county as well as city level that offer rent relief to low-income families. These organizations provide rental assistance, security deposit help, and free legal aid to tenants. Low-income families can get free grant money or hardship funds to pay all types of  housing. Find places in your community to apply at for rent assistance in NC.

All funds that help with back rent are first come-served, with income and asset requirements (as well as others) in place. Every county and city in NC has local agencies that provide financial assistance, social services or free stuff (such as furniture for an apartment). Some of that money can go towards paying rent. Or there may be funds to help tenants pay utility bills to stop an eviction.

In addition, there are other housing programs such as transitional apartments, income subsidized houses in North Carolina, or SSVF for veterans. Or apply for government grants to pay back rent as part of homeless prevention and more. In addition, the emergency financial assistance for paying back rent, both short and long term, is also combined with other social services, such as emergency rent assistance for a single mom in NC is offered with government benefits. The goal is on long term financial stability.

Financial help with rent in NC for rent from statewide organizations

No matter where the applicant lives, there are some statewide programs that help pay for rent, mobile home lots, security deposits and other housing costs. They are below. Continue to scroll down for more local, county specific financial assistance programs.

Emergency financial assistance for back rent – This is mostly offered in the form of government grant money from DHHS, which can help with rent, security deposits, mobile home lot rent, and more. Social Services and other local agencies offer this. More on emergency help in North Carolina.

Free legal eviction defense services – If a renter in North Carolina does not qualify for financial help, they can get advice (as well as representation) from lawyers. Using government grants, a number of law firms, volunteer attorneys, and pro-bono firms offer free legal aid. This can help tenants with an eviction notice, assist veterans as who need rent or housing help, and support the elderly or disabled (among others). Find free lawyers in North Carolina.




Section 8 vouchers – Very low income, seniors, single mothers and the disabled are often the main recipients of this federal government housing programs that is also offered in NC. HUD provides vouchers that help the tenant pay their rent on “approved” housing units, including affordable apartments. There is often a waiting list. Continue with Section 8 homes in NC.

Eviction and rehousing programs – Whether homeless, or a low-income household with an eviction or pay or quit notice, there are non-profit and government funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing programs. Grants, free motel vouchers, money for back rent or moving deposits and more is offered. More on North Carolina homeless prevention and rapid rehousing programs.

Transitional housing – This is for North Carolina residents who are (1) homeless; (2) battling addition; (3) fleeing domestic violence; or (4) who need a more affordable place to live. In general, the tenant needs to pay some money for the monthly rent, but this will help the low-income. Tenants also generally need to have an income, help with household tasks and more. Find transitional housing in North Carolina.

Salvation Army rent help programs in North Carolina – There are dozens of centers across the state. Get emergency financial help for rent, water or utility bills. Or access case management, use a homeless shelter, or apply for benefit programs at the faith based charity. Find Salvation Army financial assistance programs in North Carolina.

Grants to pay rent from community action -  Also try a local community action agency in North Carolina for emergency help. Most provide low-income families applications to free rent grant money, such as from ESG or federal funds. That money can pay for rent to help stop an eviction. Locate community action agency rental assistance in North Carolina.




Get rent or deposit assistance in your NC County

The rent payment assistance programs above are mostly offered statewide Local programs are below. Select a city or county near you in North Carolina to find places for emergency rent assistance, money to pay utility or security deposits, legal support and so much more.

Asheboro and Randolph County

Asheville region as well as the greater Buncombe County

Cabarrus County

Davidson County

Durham - City and County

Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson County

Fayetteville and Cumberland County

Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren County

Gaston County

Greenville North Carolina and Pitt County

Greensboro and Guilford County

Henderson County

Hickory and Catawba County

Iredell, Rowan, and Davie County

Raleigh region as well as Wake County

Wicomico County

Wilmington and New Hanover County

Winston Salem rent help and Forsyth County

Additional programs to help with housing or rent

Low-income families and currently homeless people have other programs available they can try for rent help, with funding coming and going. The North Carolina Balance of State Continuum is another effective place for referrals. Call 919-755-4393 for additional local and state of NC rent assistance programs.


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