As the end of the eviction moratorium looms, Mecklenburg County residents have a lifeline for help paying rent

By Lana Harris, WCNC-TV

The maximum amount of assistance available will cover any rent owed and up to three months’ rent forward to families who qualify.

Those that need help with rent, mortgage, or utilities due to a COVID-19 hardship are encouraged to apply for assistance through the City’s emergency housing assistance program, RAMP CLT.

Time is almost up for thousands of families who have been depending on the federal eviction moratorium from the CDC to stay in their homes. The measure will officially end on July 31. It will allow landlords to start evicting people who have not paid rent due to the pandemic since the moratorium was enacted in September.

Throughout the pandemic, the City of Charlotte has provided emergency mortgage, rental, and utility assistance for those facing COVID-19 hardships through the RAMP CLT program, administered by DreamKey Partners on the City’s behalf.

Throughout the pandemic, the city has provided $33.7 million in rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to support over 11,000 families.

“We want to get this money out into the community, we want to keep people in their homes,” said Pamela Wideman, the director of the City of Charlotte’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department.

Thousands of families in the city and across Mecklenburg County are at risk of losing their homes with the eviction moratorium ending on Saturday.

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This story was produced by the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative, a partnership of six media companies working together in an effort started by the Solutions Journalism Network and funded by The Knight Foundation.