By WECT Staff | June 2, 2021 at 11:12 AM EDT – Updated June 2 at 4:24 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – More than $1.1 million has been sent out to landlords and utility companies as of Wednesday as part of North Carolina’s latest phase of the HOPE program, Gov. Roy Cooper announced.
According to Cooper, more than $133 million in assistance was awarded to help more than 36,000 families in the state after the creation of the Hope program, which provides assistance with rent and utility payments for families that are struggling.
About two weeks ago, the state opened a second application period for the HOPE program using funds from the American Rescue Plan.
“I’m pleased to announce that checks are already on their way to landlords and utility companies to keep people in their homes with the lights on,” Cooper said during a news conference Thursday. “As of today, 924 checks for a total of $1.1 million have already been mailed to help North Carolinians in need, just in the first two weeks.
“As with the first version of the HOPE program, payments will go directly to landlords and utility companies. In the last two weeks, more than 8,000 people have applied for financial assistance and we expect more awards and checks to go out every day.”
Those looking to apply for the program can call 888-927-5467 or go to hope.nc.gov.
Cooper stressed that those who previously applied and received assistance can re-apply.
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