The community action agency known as Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources provides assistance in the region. Thousands of lower income families, including those with a senior, disabled or unemployed member, get help from the agency with both long term and emergency needs.
The organization operates a Community Economic Opportunity Department that administers most of the financial aid and support services. They range from funds for paying utility bills, LIHEAP, medications, and more. Housing assistance can be rental or mortgage assistance, transitional housing from Change, and help in paying for moving costs or security deposits for the formerly homeless. SHARE provides coverage across Greenville, Oconee, Anderson and Pickens County in South Carolina.
The primary emergency assistance programs are below. Each has limited funding, and sometimes a client will be offered referrals in lieu of any other aid. Applicants will need to have various proof of hardship, such as income, expenses, social security numbers and much more.
Energy bill assistance can includes money for cooling expenses. This operates during the summer and will be free air conditioners, box fans and/or electric bill assistance. If facing a shut off during a hot weather stretch in South Carolina, then call SHARE for referrals.
Another component is heating assistance during the fall, winter, and spring months. Grants will be for paying the primary heating source of coal, fuel oil, kerosene, electricity, natural gas, or propane gas for Greenville are families. Or apply for LIHEAP, the main federal government program, at a local Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources center. This resource assists many families, including the elderly and those with young children living at home.
Housing needs can be met from SHARE. This include partial rent or mortgage assistance. They also coordinate shelter and short term, transitional housing for the homeless, and this is known as “Change”. For those needing to move into a new home or affordable apartment in counties such as Greenville or Pickens, then look into utility or rental deposit assistance. Housing specialists will address a number of needs of current and prospective tenants.
Other resources from the community action agency includes job skills training for those that already have a GED or HS diploma. Apply for government benefits (such as food stamps or SSDI disability) from the on site Benefit Bank. There is also screening provided to clients. In addition to that, medication / prescription expense assistance for life threatening conditions may be passed out.
LADDER, known as Lifelong Advancement through Diligence, Determination and Employment Resources, is a job placement and training program from the Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources. This is offered from the not for profit community action agency and several partner organizations, such as the Greenville Special Emphasis Neighborhoods, local charities, employments, and work force centers.
Career counseling and services are for each individual participant’s unique needs. The help is available through utilization of the agencies network. The LADDER approach assists each participant in removing the barriers and challenges that diminish their chances of success in finding and keeping a job.
Much of the job support from LADDER is for the less fortunate neighborhoods in the city and nearby counties. It is in the entire region, including Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee. It is also part of the federal government HUD employment act. Specialists from SHARE are directing job opportunities to low and very low income residents as well as the unemployed in government-assisted projects.
Case managers from Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources work with each person on a one on one basis. They will create unique employment plans with the client. Dozens of local companies, churches, and charities work with the agency to help the under or unemployed. If you also need new skills for the very competitive job market, then the community action agency may have referrals for that as well, such as to the workforce investment act.
For more information on these or other SHARE programs, there are two main offices to call. While all resources and funding is limited, the agency will do its best to help.
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