Emergency Eviction & Utility Assistance Program to End
Pitt County DSS announces applications must be received by Friday
PITT COUNTY, N.C. – Pitt County Department of Social Services announces that its Emergency Eviction & Utility Assistance Program for households that have been affected by COVID-19 will stop accepting applications after Friday, February 4, 2022. The program was launched in late 2020.
“We are pleased to have been able to help COVID-affected households pay their rent and utility bills, and that we have helped landlords and utility providers collect money that they were owed,” says Dr. Augustine Frazer, DSS Interim Director. “Fortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be on its way out, so the need for emergency programs like this is declining.”
Those seeking utility assistance before the program closes may call 252-751-9900 or visit www.PittCountyNC.gov “How Do I…” menu at the top of the page and select “Apply for Emergency Utility Payment Assistance.”
Similar programs such as the state’s HOPE Program and the City of Greenville’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program have also closed in recent months.
Dr. Frazer adds, “Pitt County DSS will continue to help people with their utility bills through the federally funded Low Income Energy Assistance Program, Crisis Intervention Program, and the recently established Low Income Household Water Assistance Program.”
To learn more or apply for these programs, Pitt County residents may contact 252-902-1352, or go online to epass.nc.gov, or visit the Human Services Center at 203 Government Circle in Greenville.