Help with Paying Rent in Mecklenburg County

Living in an urban area, you as a resident of Mecklenburg County likely pay higher rent than people in the surrounding area. The higher rent may put a strain on your finances, which may make rental assistance a necessity. If you are seeking a loan for rent, consider one of these alternatives.


Living in the Charlotte area, you are in luck as there is rent crisis assistance. Crisis Assistance Ministry provides rental and utility assistance to those in need of this help. While they won’t pay all of the rent that you owe, they can help you come up with the total. To get help, set up an appointment with them. If you have received notice from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office or have been padlocked out of your house or apartment, you’ll be able to receive expedited service to avoid eviction.


If you live in Matthews, there is another source of support available through the Matthews Help Center. You will need an appointment to receive help, and can also receive help with utilities and medical bills.

If you have or will lose your current home, you have options for finding more affordable rent for the next time. Perhaps you could live with less square footage, or with family or a roommate.

Unfortunately, in Charlotte the wait list for Section 8 housing choice vouchers is not currently open. But there are properties available through the Charlotte Housing Authority. These properties could help you, as they are offered at affordable rental rates.

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Kenneth Long

President at Debtors Unite
Kenneth Long is President of Debtors Unite, Inc. as well as President and Vice Chairman for Vision Credit Education, Inc. He served as a regional coordinator for the North Carolina Saves campaign. Long co-founded the Wake EITC Coalition along with Family Resource Center of Raleigh.

Long is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Industrial Relations. He subsequently received his Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. His Certificate in Financial Planning was issued by Florida State University.

Long has achieved the Accredited Credit Counselor and Accredited Financial Counselor certifications through the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education. Long originally achieved the Certified Credit Counselor designation through the National Institute for Financial Education.

In addition to years of nonprofit leadership, Long has been an innovator in the field of volunteer tax return preparation programs. He assists volunteer associations and nonprofit organizations who seek to integrate credit counseling and asset-building programs with free personal income tax preparation. His approach to using free credit reports as both an incentive and a screening tool for placement into asset-building programs has been shared with members of the National Community Tax Coalition, the EITC-Carolinas Initiative of MDC, Inc. and nonprofit groups across the Carolinas.

Long assists members of our armed forces in the Carolinas, Iowa, Rhode Island, Georgia and Germany with financial readiness. Please support our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors!

Favorite quote:

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Thomas Jefferson
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