Finding Affordable Rental Housing in NC

Connect with a Housing Navigator

Search Statewide Online Databases

Visit your local Public Housing Authority

Find Regional Resources

Ask if your Managed Care Organization (MCO) has a Housing Coordinator

Crisis Housing Options

Contact your local Coordinated Entry Hotline or “first point of contact” for your county

  • Coordinated Entry is a “one stop shop” where individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis get access to coordinated community services, like emergency shelters and local temporary housing programs.
  • Look at both the NCDHHS database and NCCEH database to find the most current phone numbers for coordinated entry and first point of contacts

If your county does not have a Coordinated Entry Hotline or first point of contact, contact 211 for housing resources

Paying Rent

  • Call 211 to talk to a person who will help you access local resources, or search 211 Online Resource Database
  • Call your local DSS office to see if they might have any funds available to support with housing costs like rent or security deposits
  • Fill out NC Care 360 Assistance Request Form and a resource navigator will contact you soon after to support finding local resources for your specific situation.
  • Contact your local Community Action Agency (CAAs) and ask about support with housing. CAAs have different programs but some have housing navigation and counseling, financial support for housing, etc.
  • Ask local Habitat, Salvation Army, and other local non-profits or churches if they have emergency funds for housing for people in need

Housing for Unique Groups

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and severe persistent mental illness (SPMI)

Recovery from Substance Use


Community Tenants Rights Organizations

Connect with community groups around tenants’ rights to ask questions and build power

Homebuyer & Homeowner Assistance

Talk with a local Housing Counselor at a community agency near you- Housing counselors support homebuyers, homeowners, and others as they strive to secure safe and stable housing.

Contact the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, which offers affordable home ownership options for first-time home buyers in North Carolina.

Apply for Homeowner Assistance Funds

Disclaimer: This list was created September 2023. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of housing resources in NC. Instead, it is meant to guide someone to some in their initial search for housing resources.