Johnston County to Begin Administering Emergency Rental Assistance through New Online Portal

Beginning September 7, residents can apply online for rent and utility assistance. 

For Immediate Release:  September 1, 2021


Smithfield, NC – Johnston County will begin administering Emergency Rental Assistance aid online starting September 7, 2021. If you are a Johnston County resident and behind on rent or utility payments, you may qualify for the program.

The Emergency Rental Assistance program is made available to residents through $13 million allocated to Johnston County through federal COVID-19 relief funds. Johnston County will provide monetary support to tenants, landlords and utility companies to cover portions of rent and/or utility shortfalls resulting from a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To qualify for assistance, a household must be responsible to pay rent on a residential property and meet each of the following criteria.
-- One or more people within the household must have qualified for unemployment benefits, had a decrease in income, had increased household costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic; AND
-- One or more individuals in the household can show a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND
-- The household has an income at or below 80% of the area median income. Priority will be given to households that are below 50% of the area median income.
Individuals that need mortgage assistance must complete a paper application with the Department of Social Services. Funds for mortgage assistance are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The Department of Social Services is located at 714 N. Street, Smithfield, N.C. 27577. Email for more information.
Be on the lookout for more details about the Emergency Rental Assistance program leading up to the launch of Johnston County's online portal on September 7.