COVID-19 Resources

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program assists low-income residents who are behind on their rent or utilities payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to all renters residing in Forsyth County (including Winston-Salem, other incorporated municipalities in Forsyth County and in the unincorporated areas of the county) who have a household income 80 percent or less of area median income and have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Learn more and apply online. 

Rent, Utilities, Mortgage Assistance (RUMA) Program

Rent, Utilities, Mortgage Assistance assists low-income city residents who are behind on their rent, mortgage or utilities payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilities can include electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and propane. The program is open to all households in Winston-Salem with a household income 80 percent or less of area median income that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Learn more and apply online. 

Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

The city is slated to receive $55.1 million from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. Money for the fund was included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that Congress passed in March. The money will be delivered in two batches: half by May 11 this year, and the other half a year later. Learn more.

COVID Business Relief

There are a variety of federal, state and local programs specifically to help businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. These include the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, Debt Relief and more. Learn more.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Low-income households may be able to receive a discount of up to $50 a month on broadband internet service under the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Learn more.