Johnston County Launching Emergency Rental Assistance Aid Through New Online Portal

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

SMITHFIELD – 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.

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