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.
COVID-19 Support Services Program
The COVID-19 Support Services Program is a new program to help people in 29 counties who need support to successfully quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19.
If you are asked by a health care professional, health department, or contact tracer to isolate or quarantine because of COVID-19 and you need to stay home from work, you may be eligible for support for:
- Financial relief to help with rent, mortgage, bills, medical care, childcare or other living expenses
- Home-delivered groceries or meals
- Transportation to and from certain locations such as doctor appointments or non-congregate shelter
- Medication delivery
- COVID-19 supplies such as face masks and hand sanitizer
- Connection to primary medical care
Support Services is available through early 2021 on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted.
Update on March 29: The program — which was set to end when all available funds were spent — is winding down this month, which means no new services can be requested.
Individuals can learn more about services available and get connected with a Community Health Worker in their county by calling 844-628-7223.
• 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/ high point / guilford county
February 8: Guilford County Rental Assistance Program
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. Eligible applicants must live in Guilford County but NOT in the City limits of Greensboro.
March 26: City of Greensboro Rental Assistance Program
The city of Greensboro launched its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)-funded rent and utility assistance program. Tenants and landlords can both apply; payments will go directly to landlords. Following is an overview from the city's website, which is also where you can find the information needed to apply for assistance:
Applications are being accepted for rent and/or utility assistance under the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
Qualified households renting within Greensboro city limits may now apply for up to 12 months combined (past due + currently due + future) of emergency rent and/or utility payment assistance per household.
Here's who is eligible:
Tenants/renters at least 18 years old with formal or informal lease agreements who are members of households that:
- Rent within Greensboro city limits.
- Have a total household income before taxes at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) – or average household income for the Greensboro area. (See AMI chart below.)
- Include at least one person who has experienced a financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
- Include at least one person who is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
April 5: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Rental Assistance Program
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County launched their Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) April 5, 2021. All of the information you need, including a link to an online application portal and a contact phone number, can be found on their website at https://forsyth.cc/ERAP/
Here are the key information points for the program:
Contact phone number to apply: 1-855-838-6776 (toll free)
**PLEASE NOTE: The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association does not assist in applications for rental assistance and does NOT play a role in determining or distributing rental assistance.
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• 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
• 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