Effective Dec. 4th, The Charlotte Area Fund CARES Emergency Rental/Utility Assistance Program will no longer accept new applications at this time. Due to high demand for pandemic-related rent and utility assistance, funds have been fully committed to existing applications at this current time. We will be assessing funding and new applications starting January 2021.

If you have completed an application for the CARES Program by Dec. 4th at 12 p.m., your application is in progress. You will next be contacted via email/phone by one of our Intake Specialists processing your application, where there is a current 2 week turnaround period. Please be patient as our agency staff work to process applications.

If you are concerned about possible eviction while you wait to receive assistance, Governor Roy Cooper has issued an Executive Order that protects North Carolina renters from eviction due to non-payment of rent.

Now through December 31, 2020, renters in North Carolina cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent if you have:

  • Been unable to pay your rent due to the pandemic because you have lost income and/or have new expenses such as childcare or medical
    expenses, and
  • Applied for the HOPE program by completing an application online or by
    speaking with a 211 specialist, OR
  • Completed the CDC Declaration Form and presented a copy to your
    landlord via email, US mail or hand delivery.

By taking these simple steps, you have protected your household from eviction. If your landlord still attempts to evict you, contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262 or