While state staffs up to distribute aid to struggling families, Good Samaritans step into the gap
The demand is so great for help with utilities and housing bills that North Carolina needs to hire additional people to process requests.Posted — Updated
The NC HOPE (Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions) Program stopped taking applications last week, after receiving information from 43,433 eligible families. But so far, only 1,100 families have gotten payments.
"Unfortunately, the demand is so high," she said.
"We want this money to get out," she said. "This is not something we are trying to hold on to.”
That is little comfort to the 42,333 families waiting while their bills continue to pile up.
The lights are on and Christmas presents sit under a new tree inside her home, thanks not to the state but to the kindness of strangers.
They’re hoping their generosity inspires people to pay it forward. “Sometimes you need an angel," Decie Carraway said. "We all do every now and then.”
The mother of two young children said, "I’m just really grateful for the help and to know that are still people out here with a good heart.”
Anyone who received a letter from the NC HOPE program showing eligibility is guaranteed payments once their application is fully processed.
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