Legal Aid of North Carolina and the City of Durham Launch New Durham Rent Relief Program
On Wednesday, January 12, Legal Aid of North Carolina and the City of Durham launched the Durham Rent Relief Program, which provides rental and utility assistance to city residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A link to the press release can be found here.
Durham residents can go to www.durhamrentrelief.org to apply and learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements, what documents they need to apply, how to get help with the application process, how the program works for landlords, and more.
The program is funded by the City of Durham, using funds provided by the federal government for emergency rental assistance. A total of $5.7 million in rent and utility assistance is available. Assistance from the program is available on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out. Renters at imminent risk of eviction will receive top priority. Priority will also be given to households with very low incomes or with one or more members who have been unemployed for at least 90 days.
The program can provide assistance to cover past-due, current, and future rent, and past-due and current utility payments. Renters who received assistance from Durham County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program in 2021 can also receive assistance from this program, as long as the assistance covers different months.
- Renters and landlords can apply for assistance through the program.
- Residents of public housing, renters receiving project-based rental assistance, and renters with housing vouchers can receive assistance through the program.
- Hotel and motel residents can receive assistance through the program.
- Immigrants of any immigration status can receive assistance through the program.
- Assistance can cover past-due, current and future rent, and past-due and current utility payments.
- Priority is given to renters facing imminent eviction, households with very low incomes, and households with at least one member who has been unemployed for more than 90 days.
- Renters who received assistance from the Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program in 2021 can receive assistance from this program as long as it covers different months.