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Update: 6/3/21 - Rental Assistance Available

The Hope Program Has More Rental Assistance for Most of WNC
What you need to know about the Hope Program:

  • The Hope Program, which provides rent and utility assistance to very low-income renters, has reopened applications to most of WNC.
  • Buncombe County isn’t included because of the county’s separate program through DHHS (to apply for assistance in Buncombe County, read more about their program.)
  • You must have lost income, were/are unemployed due to COVID-19, or experienced significant costs or financial hardship due to the pandemic. You also must have missed rent payments since April 1, 2020 or faced possible eviction or homelessness.
  • You must earn less than 50% area median income for your county (example: 50% in Haywood Co. is $31,700 for a family of four).
  • Assistance is based on how much rent you owe, and you could receive up to 12 months of rent assistance. This assistance can include up to nine months of past due rent. Utility assistance is only available to you if you qualify for rent assistance.
  • If you received assistance through the Hope Program in the past, you could receive more assistance if you haven’t reached the 12-month cap.
  • Rent is paid directly to the landlord and utility assistance is paid directly to the utility company.
  • Find out more about the Hope Program.
  • See what the Area Median Income is for your County.

Update: 5/6/21 - Get Help with Funeral Expenses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helps Pay Funeral Expenses.

FEMA May Assist in Paying Funeral Expenses for Loved Ones who Died of COVID-19.

What you need to know:

  • If you lost a loved one due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive up to $9,000 for funeral expenses.
  • To see if you are eligible for this help, contact FEMA directly at 844-684-6333.
  • Beware of scammers. FEMA will not contact you first and won’t ask you to pay anything for this benefit. Don’t give out your own or your deceased loved ones financial or personal information to someone who calls you first.
  • Read more about the FEMA funeral assistance.

Update: 3/22/21 - Stimulus Payments Updates

The American Rescue Plan brings more stimulus payments to you.

Read more about the America Rescue Plan

What do you need to know about the new stimulus payment?

  • If you earn less than $75,000 a year as an individual (or $150,000 as a married couple) you will receive a $1,400 direct stimulus payment ($2,800 for married couples) and will also receive $1,400 for each child in your household under 17 years of age. Adult dependents over the age of 17 will also receive $1,400.
  • If your income is higher than these numbers, you may receive a reduced stimulus payment or no payment.
  • The IRS will use your 2020 tax return to determine your eligibility if you’ve already filed for 2020. If you haven’t filed your 2020 taxes, the IRS will use your 2019 tax return.
  • If the IRS has your bank information, the stimulus will be direct deposited into your bank account. If the IRS doesn’t have your bank information, you will be mailed a paper check or debit card for the stimulus payment.
  • Learn more about the new stimulus bill.
  • Go to the IRS “Get My Payment” Tool to see where your stimulus is.

Update: 10/21/20 - Need Personalized Support Finding and Keeping a New Job + Financial Support?

Apply for Employment & Case Management Support through Project Uplift with Community Action Opportunities

  • Financial Assistance and Case Management Support is available to Buncombe county residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 and are looking for full-time, living wage work and a new career.
  • This program provides short-term case management support for six months after participant gains employment and is available to those living at 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. View income guidelines here.
  • Money is available for participants to help obtain certifications, such as CDL, medical coding, etc.
  • Participants will be required to complete a course online, via phone, tablet, or laptop and include a combination of independent and group work.
  • See if you’re eligible and learn more about the program.
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