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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 dssassistance@johnstonnc.com 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.