Emergency Financial Assistance

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Emergency Financial Assistance

Rent and utility assistance is available for Mecklenburg County residents at 500-A Spratt St, Monday - Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Please review the list of documents you will need to bring to apply.

Mecklenburg County residents with access to email and internet may choose to apply online.  Online requests are accepted during business hours until capacity is reached.

Phone: (704) 371-3001

Main Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm

Address:
500-A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206
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What You Need to Provide

You will need to provide legible copies of the following along with your application:

  • Picture ID of the person applying for financial assistance.
  • Social Security documentation for all household members: Social Security (SS) card, documentation from the SS Administration, W2 form from an employer, paystub with a complete SS number, or W7 if applicable. If you are not registered with the SS Administration, you must provide some form of ID.
  • Proof of household income over the past 30 days. Include all paystubs received by any household members during this period. If anyone receives unemployment, SSI, SSA, VA benefits, retirement pension, child support, disability payments, or income from any other source, you must provide verification of that income.
  • Past due utility bills, disconnection notices, rental late notices, or eviction papers. These must be in the name of an adult who resides at that address.
  • Rental lease to verify your residence if you are seeking rent assistance.

How the Process Works

When seeking assistance in person, you will be asked to complete an application packet in your car or in the parking lot and submit copies of required documentation.  A staff member will confirm that the application is complete, at which point you are free to leave. Please plan to follow CDC recommendations to minimize risks associated with COVID-19.

Whether you apply in person or online, your application and documents will be reviewed and verified.  Then, a Crisis Assistance Ministry caseworker will follow up by phone to conduct a financial assessment and determine what aid you may qualify for. Our caseworkers are trained to understand many different challenges and to help you stay housed, keep your utilities on, and plan to avoid a future financial crisis. You and your caseworker may discuss different options that could help you after the interview.

We use an emergency room triage process and customers with the most urgent needs are interviewed first. Depending on the number of people seeking financial assistance and the nature of your emergency, it may be several days before you receive a call from a caseworker.

If you qualify for assistance, payments will be made directly to your landlord or utility company.

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