Many South Carolina families are behind and are struggling with paying their monthly utility bills. The Pee Dee Community Action Partnership may be able to help. The organization will begin taking applications for the federal government funded Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Grants and funds are limited on are paid out to applicants on a first-come, first served basis to low income families. The agency prefers that appointments be made by telephone. You can reach the Dillon South Carolina branch at Dillon CAP, 126 MacArthur Ave, (843) 774-9038.
When applying, you do need some documentation. Bring the following to the appointment when you apply for LIHEAP. Proof of income for last 30 days; proof of disability; Social Security cards of all household members; photo ID; and a current utility bill with account number or final disconnection notice.
The Pee Dee Community action agency also offers many resources and services under the Human Services Program. This is more of a general assistance program. All assistance programs and grants that are offered to low to moderate income families are based on the availability of funds. Both the federal and state government may fund many of these general assistance program. These programs include a Homeless Program, Rent Assistance, a Housing and Support program, Liheap (as mentioned above), a General Emergency Assistance program, and other options and program that assist people with paying for heating and cooling bill during appropriate seasons.
This federal program was designed in 1965 to help break the cycle of poverty by providing children of low-income individuals and families with a comprehensive program to meet their educational, emotional, physical, nutritional and psychological needs.
People who need help with buying a home can turn to the Mutual Self-Help Housing project. The goal is to provide low interest loans and affordable housing to those you can qualify for homeownership. Applicants can find themselves living the American Dream, which many will say as owning your own home, with the low interest loan housing program that provides houses to low and moderate income people with no down payment and no closing costs.
The non-profit is part of the Continuum of Care. They partner with churches and charities across Dillion to both prevent evictions and support the currently homeless. There may be applications to financial help for expenses such as rent, water bills, or a security deposit. They also offer support in Dillon County from the Human Services Program, which includes a wide variety of tools for families living in poverty.
Call the community action agency at (843) 774-9038 for information on the assistance programs. Read Pee Dee Community Action Partnership.
Catholic Charities of Dillon County may also offer support. They are part of the Pee Dee network as well, and everything from food to basic needs such as clothing and advice is provided, mostly by volunteers. From time to time, there may be some funds for bills in a crisis. Click more information.
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