The NC Government will shut down at the end of the week as it attempts to meet a funding deadline, but lawmakers and the public are being offered the chance to help by offering free housing assistance.
The NC Department of Housing and Community Development has been negotiating with the North Carolina Housing Authority (NCHA) for more than a year on a new, long-term agreement that will ensure that all of the state’s public housing properties will be accessible to NC residents.
Under the current agreement, which was finalized in June, NC Housing Authority residents are not eligible for housing assistance until their housing eligibility has been met, a process that can take anywhere from six to 12 months.
That is why, to help residents get the most out of the new arrangement, lawmakers and North Carolina families have been offering free rental assistance through the NC Housing Assistance Program (NHAP) through the end September.
The NHAP is a program that was established to provide free housing to NC citizens who are unable to pay rent.
Under this program, NC families are eligible to apply for up to $1,200 per month in free rental housing vouchers.
The housing vouchers can be used to rent housing at any NC public housing project or facility, which includes public housing, private rental housing, and other privately owned facilities.
The program is currently available in Durham, Durham, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and Winston-Dixie counties.
While NC residents are eligible for the NHAPS, they are not guaranteed the opportunity to access the housing vouchers once they arrive in the community.
NC Housing officials announced in June that they would extend the program to Durham County, which has the largest concentration of public housing in the state.
According to the Durham County Council, over a million NC residents live in public housing and the county’s housing situation has become increasingly difficult due to the impact of the economic downturn.
In addition to the free rental voucher program, lawmakers are also offering an additional $1.4 million in free cash assistance through their State Housing Emergency Relief (SHRE) program, which is a combination of federal grants and private donations to provide low-income NC residents with the assistance they need.
The SHRE program was established in 2016 and allows eligible NC residents to apply to receive grants that can be deposited directly into their checking account or directly into an NC bank account.
The Federal Government has also provided funding for the SHRE programs for over a decade.
As a result of the funding, SHRE recipients in the North Carolinas can now access free rental vouchers that they can use to help pay for rent.
The state also has provided over $1 million in grants through its Housing Emergency Supplemental (HEAS) program to provide eligible NC households with the means to rent their own homes.
HEAS grants are available to families with income below the poverty line, as well as to families in which at least one member is receiving federal housing assistance or SNAP.
The HEAS program also allows eligible households to receive up to three weeks of rental assistance and three months of paid-time-off work assistance.
For NC families, the SHRV grant program is available to provide one month of free rental help to eligible NC families who are enrolled in the NC HEAS Program.
In June, the NC Department and NCHA announced that they were finalizing a new agreement that would keep the NC SHRE grant program available until July 15.
The North Carolina HEAS Grant Program will provide up to 30 weeks of free help to NC households that meet certain eligibility requirements.
The amount of assistance that NC HEAP is providing to NC families will remain at the current level of $1 per week, or $1 for the first month, or up to two weeks of up to six months of free rent assistance for families in need of housing assistance and up to five weeks of paid time-off assistance for NC HEA households in need.
NC HESA families will be able to apply through the North NC HEARE website, where they can receive up-to-date information about the SHREP grant program.
NC families also have the option of applying for the HEAS SHRE grants through the NCHA, which can be accessed online at the NHEARE website.
According in a statement, “The SHRE Program was established so that NC families and NC housing can remain together in a community that can provide support and opportunity for the most vulnerable members of our community.”
According to North Carolina Gov.
Roy Cooper, the NCHP is an opportunity for NC families to find affordable housing in North Carolina while also supporting the NC economy.
“Our state is home to a growing economy and we are blessed to have such a thriving and vibrant economy in our state,” Cooper said in a press release.
“It’s an opportunity to make NC affordable housing a reality for NC residents and help NC households to continue to thrive.”
The NCHPs new funding agreement with NC Housing will be in place for one year and will continue