CORONAVIRUS Some NC rent relief recipients have no 'HOPE' of using money
A North Carolina program is helping 3,000 families pay their rent and utilities, but some landlords are failing to accept the government's help.
North Carolina reports its Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program has paid out more than $9.16 million in rental assistance so far but not all landlords are willing to take the money.
"I couldn't believe it, because it's free money," a Charlotte renter, who asked us to protect his identity for fear of retaliation, said after his apartment complex told him the company wasn't accepting HOPE money. "I'm not the only one going through this."
The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency estimates more than 2,500 landlords have agreed to participate in the HOPE program, but the agency said the state doesn't know how many are opting out.