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Town Directs Additional COVID-19 Relief Funds to Utilities, Housing, Food Assistance

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

The Town of Hillsborough has distributed a second round of COVID-19 aid made available by the federal CARES Act.

The funds, totaling over $86,000, will be used to assist town water and sewer customers who are behind in their payments and for housing and food assistance. Nearly $80,000 was distributed for the same purposes at the end of June, along with $5,250 to the Orange County Department of Finance and Administrative Services to help pay for a consultant being hired to assist the community in recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.

“The effects of COVID-19 on our community are many, and it has hit some of our residents especially hard,” said Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver. “The Board of Commissioners is hopeful that by designating our CARES allotment to some of our most vulnerable residents we can ease the burden of procuring some of these most basic needs.”

Funds were distributed to local nonprofit organizations and government agencies as stated below.

Water and sewer bill assistance:

  • Orange Congregations in Mission — $28,816.14

Housing assistance:

  • Orange County Housing and Community Development Department — $28,816.14

Food assistance:

  • El Centro Hispano — $4,322.42
  • Fairview Community Watch — $4,322.42
  • Orange Congregations in Mission — $10,085.65
  • PORCH Hillsborough — $10,085.65

Water Assistance Program

Current Town of Hillsborough water and sewer customers with past-due bills collectively owe $84,169. The town’s Water Assistance Program offers assistance with paying these bills and is funded entirely through donations. The program is administered through a partnership with Orange Congregations in Mission.   

To make a donation, do one of the following: 

  • Use the online form
  • Send a completed donation form, available below, with a check to Town of Hillsborough, PO Box 429, Hillsborough, NC 27278. 

Related documents

Document Water Assistance Program donation form