In North Carolina, the housing assistance program is managed by each individual county. There are 100 counties in this state. Only six states have more counties than North Carolina. The list, by county, of the agencies responsible for Public Housing Assistance and Section 8 housing in North Carolina can be found at http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/states/nc.cfm.
Although the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs has been designated the official agency to administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the counties directly administered by them are Granville, Hoke, Person, Sampson and Warren. On a limited basis, they offer services to Halifax and Columbus counties.
There is a great need in North Carolina for Section 8 housing services. Some of the statistics listed on www.nchousing.org indicate that a person or household must earn $12.61 per hour working a 40-hour week in order to afford an apartment with two bedrooms at the market rent. They indicate that 412,689 renter households cannot afford that type of apartment. Their statistics also state that over 25 percent of households in the state have housing problems.
Meeting the guidelines set out for Section 8 housing means that North Carolinians are faced with a median income in the state that is lower than the median income for the U.S. At www.quickfacts.census.gov the median income for the U.S. is stated as $50,221 for 2009, while the median income in 2009 for all of North Carolina was $43,754. This means that households having $40,177 meet the U.S. guidelines of 80 percent, but they do not meet the North Carolina guidelines. That amount ends up being $35,000. The median income in some counties, like Wake County, are higher.
Some Examples of County Agencies in North Carolina that you may want to contact:
* Asheboro Housing Authority
The address listed is 338 West Wainman Avenue in Asheboro and the telephone number is 336-629-4146.
* Durham Housing Authority
The address listed is 330 E Main Street in Durham and the telephone number is 919-683-1551.
* Wake County Housing Authority
The address listed is 100 Shannon Drive in Zebulon, NC and the telephone number is 919-269-6404.
Some Additional Services:
North Carolina has a Low Income Energy Assistance Program for low-income families. There are guidelines that must be met before it can provide energy assistance. Generally speaking, the Department of Social Services certifies the household.
Low-income elderly may be able to get assistance with weatherizing their home and help with repair needs.
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