Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization

Struggling to pay your rent or utilities due to COVID-19?

Apply for House Wake!
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Wake County is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States, but our growth means it’s becoming harder to make sure everyone can afford to live here. We believe everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.

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House Wake! COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program flyer | Spanish 

House Wake! COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program

Are you a renter struggling to make your monthly housing costs and utility payments? The House Wake! COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program may be able to help!

This program provides support to renters, landlords and utility companies to cover portions of rent and/or utility shortfalls resulting from a loss of income due to the pandemic. Assistance is available to renters for up to 12 months of past-due rent and unpaid utilities dating back to April 1, 2020.

Utilities covered by the program include:

  • Electric
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Gas/Oil
  • Trash
  • Internet Services


For households where financial assistance is not enough, House Wake! COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program is offering two additional services:

  1. Legal counsel, provided at no cost for tenants who cannot reach an agreement with their landlords or need legal counsel for mediation services; and
  2. Relocation Assistance, for households earning below 50% of area median income (AMI) unable to maintain payments for their current home and are at-risk of homelessness due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How can you apply?

Applications can be submitted by:

All affordable housing programs qualify recipients based on their income. Since different parts of the country have varying living costs and income levels, the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines an Area Median Income (AMI) for each housing market throughout the country. Family size is taken into account because of higher costs of providing for a larger family. For this years income limits, see below. 

FY 2021 HUD Income Limits 

Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization Locations

Contact Us:

Department of Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization:
[email protected]
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

Cornerstone Center:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 1–5 p.m.

South Wilmington Street Center:
24/7, 365 days a year