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Governor extends North Carolina evictions moratorium

On Dec. 30, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 184, extending North Carolina’s evictions moratorium through Jan. 31, 2021.

“Too many families are living on the edge, trying to do the right thing, but left with impossible choices. This Order will help them stay in their homes, which is essential to slowing the spread of the virus,” Cooper said.

Executive Order 184 clarifies and expands the federal eviction moratorium, which was extended by Congress until Jan. 31, 2021. With many people struggling financially due to this pandemic, this Order halts evictions for nonpayment of rent.

In North Carolina, an estimated 485,000 adults in rental housing reported that they are not caught up on rent and nearly three million adults reported difficulty in covering usual household expenses, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

This order also extends protections for individuals applying for assistance through the state’s Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program. This program assists North Carolinians facing financial hardship by providing rent and utility payments directly to landlords and utility companies. Over 21,000 renters have been notified that they will receive rent or utility payment help and award notices totaling $37.4 million have been issued as the HOPE Program continues to provide more assistance to its applicants.

Executive Order 184 received approval from the Council of State.

Cooper also underscored the importance of doubling down on prevention efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. The state is under a Modified Stay at Home Order until at least Jan. 8, 2021, which requires people to be home between the hours of 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

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