Housing Assistance for Persons with Disabilities
All people should be able to live in accessible, affordable housing. North Carolina has resources that help persons with disabilities obtain housing.
The resources below are specific to persons with disabilities. To see more general housing resources, click here.
NC Housing Search
NC Housing Search (www.nchousingsearch.org) helps people locate accessible, affordable units throughout the state. This service can be accessed online 24 hours a day and through a toll‐free, bilingual call center, Monday ‐ Friday, 9:00 a.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m. EDT at 1‐877‐428‐8844. NCHousingSearch.org also has helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information on renter rights and responsibilities.
NC Housing Finance Agency - Community Living Programs
The NC Housing Finance Agency offers several programs to provide access to affordable apartments and rent assistance for people with disabilities. See available programs below. Call 919-877-5700 or visit the NCHFA website for more information.
The Targeting Program provides access to affordable housing for people with disabilities and/or experiencing homelessness with very low incomes.
Key Rental Assistance
Key Rental Assistance is only available in properties taking part in the Targeting Program. Key rental assistance makes the Targeted apartments truly affordable to persons who are disabled and/or are experiencing homelessness with extremely low incomes and can help pay for security deposits and certain costs incurred by property owners.
Transitions to Community Living Voucher
The Transitions to Community Living Voucher (TCLV) provides rent assistance to people with behavioral health disabilities either be diverted from, or transition out of restrictive settings, so that they can live in the community of their choice. TCLV not only gives rent assistance, but can also help pay for security deposits and certain costs incurred by property owners.
You can dial NC 2-1-1 from any phone to reach a compassionate, trained call specialist 24/7/365 who has access to information on housing and disability resources, such as local centers for independent living, financial aid programs for home repairs that make a home accessible, agencies that offer housing counseling, and more. NC 2-1-1 is also available online at nc211.org.
Independent Living Rehabilitation Program
The Independent Living Rehabilitation Program (IL) helps consumers live a more independent life. IL gives an alternative to living in a nursing home or other facility for eligible individuals. Services can include counseling, home and vehicle modifications, independent living skills training, help buying equipment, and more.
The Arc of NC
Through Housing Resource Coordinators, The Arc helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families locate housing that meets their needs. There are three housing coordinators across the state.
The Arc also keeps a list of vacant, accessible housing units.
Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
Centers for Independent Living assist people with disabilities to live independently and become productive, full participants in society. The entire staff and board, most of whom have disabilities, support people with disabilities in their efforts. Services include: advocacy, peer support, independent living skills training, and more.
Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income North Carolinians save energy, reduce their utility bills, and stay safe in their homes. It keeps residents warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long while educating the public about energy efficiency and household safety. Services are provided through local agencies.
Home Repairs and Accessibility Modifications
The NC Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) has two programs for home repair. Find a local provider of these programs.
Urgent Repair Program
The Urgent Repair Program finances emergency home repairs for homeowners who have special needs and whose incomes are below 50% of the median for their area. Emergency repairs correct housing conditions that threaten your life or safety, such as failing septic systems, dangerous heating systems, or rotten floors. The program can also pay for accessibility modifications that allow you to stay in your home after an injury or serious illness.
Single-Family Rehabilitation Program
The Single-Family Rehabilitation program finances major repairs for homeowners who have disabilities and whose incomes are below 80% of the median for their area.
The Community Alternatives Program (CAP), allows Medicaid-eligible people to stay in their homes and receive care rather than enter a skilled nursing facility. There is usually a wait list for the CAP program.
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination against disabled persons buying or bidding on homes. Under FHA, multifamily residences built after 1991 must satisfy specific standards of accessibility, such as: accessible entrance, doorways wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs, easily reachable light switches, outlets, and thermostats, etc. If you feel your fair housing rights have been violated, contact the NC Fair Housing Project by phone at 1-855-797-3247 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe you have been discriminated against due to your disability, contact Disability Rights NC at 1-877-235-4210.
Housing Assistance for People with AIDS
The Housing Opportunities Program for People with AIDS (HOPWA) provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families by subsidizing a portion of the household's monthly rent. Assisted households are responsible for paying approximately 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent and utilities. The program pays the balance of the rent to the landlord.
Eligible applicants must:
- be referred to the program by a participating HIV/AIDS service provider agency
- have a medical professional verify HIV/AIDS status
- be receiving HIV/AIDS case management
- meet current Housing Opportunities Program income guidelines
- live within the metropolitan statistical area to which they are applying
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Prepared by: NC 2-1-1/LP
Date Updated: November 1, 2017