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Rent assistance in Wilmington and New Hanover County.

If you are facing eviction or behind on your housing payments, find how to get rental assistance in Wilmington North Carolina and New Hanover County. A number of charity organizations, churches and government programs may be able to offer emergency financial assistance for paying rent and housing expenses. Other non-profit agencies can offer grants to the homeless for a security deposit, or help arrange low income housing in the area.

In addition to providing direct financial assistance with back rent, many of the non-profits can also refer individuals and families to other charities, churches, and resources across New Hanover County. All of the groups are committed to helping the low income, unemployed, seniors, and people facing a hardship. Get access to eviction prevention programs, government aid such as Section 8 housing, free legal aid, and extensive information on rental assistance programs in the region.

Wilmington Housing Authority
1524 S. 16th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Dial (910) 341-7747
This government agency can direct individuals to various rental assistance and eviction prevention programs, and may be able to help people apply. Resources can range from homeless prevention to section 8 housing vouchers. Learn where to turn to for emergency rental assistance. Also learn about safe, yet affordable, low income housing units.

Camden Circle
Address: 3258 Camden
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
Dial 910-763-4487
Shelter and case management.

Main address: 2308 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28503
Primary phone number: 910-763-9275




Good Shepherd House
811 Martin St.
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Phone: 910-762-4424
This charity organization offers emergency shelter and food assistance to New Hanover County families who are homeless, working poor, and very low income.

Section 8 Rental Assistance
Address is 1524 S. 16th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Dial this number in order to apply for the federal government section 8 housing voucher program. This is an income based rent program.

Rescue Mission
Address: 502 Castle Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Phone: 910-343-0366
The homeless can receive shelter and transitional housing. Some tenants on the verge of evictions can get referrals to loan programs for their rental costs.

Legal Aid
200 N Front St., Wilmington, NC
Phone number - 910-763-6207
Pro-bono, or free legal aid is available. This can include advising tenants on unsafe apartments or rental units. Also get information on your rights when it comes to an eviction. May have referrals to emergency rental assistance.





Carolina and Kure Beach - Island Cottage
1313 Bridge Barrier Rd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-9339
They offer emergency financial help for rent, utilities, food, and more. There is also a thrift store for low cost or free furniture for an apartment, emergency lodging, holiday help and more. All of this is available from the non-profit, in addition to loans or grants to help pay rent.

Wilmington Interfaith Network
Call 910-762-0339
A short term shelter/transition housing unit. A number of social service programs are administered.

First In Families
Location is 5041 New Centre Drive, Suite 109
Wilmington, NC 28403
Call (910) 350-2737 for shelter, low income or transitional housing.

New Hanover County Department of Social Services
1650 Greenfield Street, P.O. Drawer 1559
Wilmington, NC 28402
Main phone number - (910) 798-3400
This government agency also runs a number of housing and rent programs. The state of North Carolina and federal government also offers support for those who are struggling, including homeless prevention services and section 8 vouchers. Read more on NC public assistance programs.

Crisis Line
Main address - 615 Shipyard Blvd.
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
Dial either 910-392-7408 or 800-672-2903

Housing Authority Of The City Of Wilmington
Wilmington, NC - 28401-6426
Phone (910)341-7700
This agency runs the homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. Receive rent help, funds for security deposits, hotel or motel vouchers, and other housing assistance in New Hanover County North Carolina.

Salvation Army - New Hanover County
Main branch location is 820 N. 2nd St.
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
Call 910-762-5948
This non-profit agency runs various financial assistance programs. They also offer case management, referrals, and counseling. If you have an eviction notice, some emergency rent help may be provided. Continue with rental assistance from Wilmington Salvation Army.

Mother Hubbards Cupboard
1314 Marstellar St.
Wilmington, NC 28402
Phone: 910-251-1465

Community Action Agency is based in Wilmington
Call (910) 762-1177 for information
The main poverty fighting organization. They also can direct families to homeless prevention, including grants from ESG for rent or even energy expenses. Mediation and other housing assistance is available in New Hanover, including for single parents and senior citizens.





St. James Church Shelter
25 S. 3rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
Call 910-763-1628
When ready to leave, learn about loan programs for first months rent and other services.

Mercy House
Address is 411 Red Cross Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
Dial 910-343-0707
Short term housing, shelter, meals, and referrals only to charities that may help pay rent in New Hanover County.


By Jon McNamara

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