emergency financial assistance
The following organizations MAY be able to assist with some housing needs and household expenses.
211 is a universal number (similar to 911 and 311) for community information and referral services. It is intended to connect individuals and families in need and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. Active 211 systems are in all or part of every state.
The US Dept of the Treasury has collected websites associated with their grantees’ Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs to help tenants and landlords find rental assistance programs in their local areas. In most cases, states encourage tenants and landlords to apply to the local ERA program in their area.
NEW: The Rental Assistance Finder was designed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help renters and housing providers find their local program and apply for assistance.
As of June 28, the HOPE Program awarded $66 million to 19,000 households since May 17 and has about $800 million in rental assistance funds remaining. The program reports the average time to process checks is about 14 days. Several counties are also processing rental assistance through local programs and can be found on the HOPE website.
• Benefits Finder (US)
• NCDHHS or call (336) 641-3447
• List of Second Harvest Food Bank Partner Agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, etc.)
• Operation Homefront (Veterans, Military families)
• AuntBertha.com (resource for looking for assitance by zip code)
• NC Serves (serving veteran families)
• Salvation Army (USA)
Greensboro/ Guilford County
Guilford County has announced that assistance is available to qualified households towards emergency monthly rental/utility assistance for their primary residence. Request for rental assistance can be submitted by either an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of the eligible household.
The Emergency Rental and Utilities Assistance Program provides assistance with rent and utilities, to include electricity, water/sewer, trash removal, natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and internet.
For questions call (336) 641-3000.
Get help with your ERUA application:
Office hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday
Guilford County Department of Social Services
Greensboro: 1203 Maple Street
High Point: 325 East Russell Avenue
• United Way of Greater Greensboro or call 2-1-1
• United Way of Greater High Point or call 2-1-1
• Greensboro Urban Ministry or call (336) 271-5959
winston-salem / forsyth county
Forsyth County residents who have fallen behind on rent or utilities as a result of the pandemic can now apply in-person for financial assistance.
Contact phone number to apply: 1-855-838-6776 (toll free)
The Forsyth County Department of Social Services has set up an Emergency Rental Assistance Program application lab at its office on Highland Avenue. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be made online. Walk-ins will be accepted, but those with appointments will have priority.
Applicants should bring an ID, proof of income, lease agreement, any bills or eviction notices, and a statement or proof of financial hardship.
• United Way of Forsyth County or call 2-1-1
• Crisis Control Ministry Inc. or call (336) 724-7453
• United Way of Alamance County or call 2-1-1