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Anderson County South Carolina assistance programs.

Low income families can get financial help for paying their bills, housing, rent, and living expenses. Find churches, charities, and government grant programs in Anderson County that help in a crisis. Get free food or groceries from pantries, emergency financial assistance in the form of rent or mortgage help, loans to pay for car repairs, utility bill assistance, and more. Clients are also supported as they work on repairing their credit, budgeting, and finding new work in upstate South Carolina.

Struggling families, seniors and the disabled can get free items from charities as well. It can be material goods like free back to school supplies, furniture, or medical equipment or free legal aid or debt counseling. There are also holiday programs in Anderson County including free Christmas toys as well as meals (including at Thanksgiving). Whether it is help for paying water bills, advice, or counseling, resources are below.

Financial aid for bills, housing, medical and more

The local community action agency is Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. (or SHARE). They have a wide variety of resources, financial assistance programs and social services available for low to moderate income people who live in Anderson County South Carolina. They are a non-profit organization that is committed to both helping people through short term difficulties, and also ensuring they become self-sufficient over the long term.

You can contact them at (864) 269-0700 to learn more about any program or to apply. They offer everything from mortgage assistance, to help with energy and medical bills. The full list of resources from the SHARE non-profit are below.

  • Heating bill assistance is organized by SHARE. This is part of the federal government LIHEAP program. The heating bill assistance program operates from October 1 through April 30 each and every year. This program is intended to assist eligible households who are facing weather related emergencies, such as low fuel or service disconnection, due to the cold temperatures experienced during the winter. The assistance program will only provide assistance with the household’s primary heating source. Assistance for heating bills is provided toward the following types of services: They include electricity, fuel oil, natural gas, coal, propane gas, kerosene, propane, heating oil, or wood.




  • SHARE offers summertime (or year round) help with air conditioning and cooling bills. This will help with energy bills during the summer. The cooling and air conditioning assistance program operates each and every year from May 15 through September 30. The assistance programs are intended to assist eligible households. It will provide them with cash grants and funds if they are facing weather related emergencies due to the warmer temperatures experienced during the summertime.
  • The assistance program provides assistance towards paying electric bills, fans for senior citizens and even free air conditioners and fans if needed. Contact SHARE. There are even referrals to free AC units.
  • Emergency and crisis assistance is offered by Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. (or SHARE). Grants, loans, and other support can be arranged. This program, which is also offered by SHARE,  provides a wide variety of assistance and grants to people who are facing a short term emergency situation.
    Some of the aid offered includes rent help, eviction prevention services, prescription drugs, free shoes, utility service disconnection’s and more. Grants can be provided to help people pay these bills. In addition, they can refer you to programs that can provide mortgage help.
    After the crisis has ended, and part of the program, recipients will receive various types of counseling and training to assist them in identifying the factors or circumstances that may have led to the family emergency or crisis. With assistance from the staff of SHARES, the family or individual will develop a case plan to address future preventive strategies and try to ensure people become self sufficient. This counseling and assistance can include parenting skills training, conflict resolution skills training, budgeting skills and money management, debt help, employment counseling, job referrals, and also housing and mortgage counseling.
  • Employment help as well as career training is arranged by SHARE. Or find gig type work (driving, surveys, etc.) for making a few extra dollars. As increasing income, gaining new skills, and maybe starting a new or better career can help end poverty. Case workers partner with the state, federal government and other agencies on this. There are even “non-traditional ways” to make a few extra dollars in the meaning, including free online survey sites.

The Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. (or SHARE), which offers the resources above, can be reached at (864) 269-0700. Read more on financial help from Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources.





Emergency financial assistance in Anderson County

Anderson Interfaith Ministries, which can be reached at (864) 226-2273 offers programs for school aged kids, and also provides an Emergency Assistance Program. Qualified individuals can get help paying utilities, rent expenses, and get money for security deposits for housing, and work related assistance. Other aid offered includes firewood, food stamp outreach, a Home Repair and Improvement Program. The agency also coordinates minor home repairs or modification for low income individuals. More information on Anderson Interfaith Ministries assistance programs.

Catholic Charities also provides services to Anderson families. While funds are limited, they can help with utilities and rent and mortgage payments. Also access a program known as SAVE A SMILE (restorative dental care dentures for low-income families with no health insurance). They can also refer people to local charities and South Carolina government programs. (864) 242-2233. Click Anderson Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Salvation Army offers assistance for the low income, poor, disabled, and seniors in the Anderson County region. The non-profit does have limited resources, but if they can’t help you then they may have referrals.

Some of the emergency assistance and social services offered can include money for paying rent or utility bills, a food pantry, free soup kitchen, and shelter. Case managers can also help the unemployed find a job or attend training in South Carolina and a number of self-sufficiency services are available. Or the Salvation Army has seasonal assistance such as free Christmas toys, fans during the summer months, as well as back to school supply giveaways. More on Anderson County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Anderson County Community Services Office can be reached at (864) 224-7028. They can help people apply for a number of mostly federal and state government assistance programs. Some examples of those resources are below.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program/LIHEAP can help low income and poor families pay for their utility bills, including heating costs. It covers coal, electricity, fuel oil, kerosene, natural gas and other types of utilities. It is often offered with weatherization and conservation measures. This includes fans and air conditioners too.

Transitional housing for the homeless and emergency rent assistance is available in Anderson County. Or get information on local shelters or free hotel vouchers.

The Community Services Office also focuses on utility bill help, whether electric, AC or water bills. They can help families apply for payment plans. Or assist with applications to grants or disconnection prevention services. Many resources are offered, and find details on help for paying water bills.





Other social services can include Head Start, case management, job training and placement programs, and application for public aid in South Carolina such as food stamps. Call the office at (864) 224-7028, or find more details on Anderson County Community Services Office.

Anderson County region Urban League - Housing, job training, and educational programs are offered. They range from foreclosure and tenant counseling, including the possibility of limited loans for paying rent or a security deposit, to a career center. Other services include resume review, job placement, and educational programs. The unemployed, youth, and low income are a focus of the Anderson agency. Read more Urban League of the Upstate.

Clemson Community Care provides several services. They include food pantry and SNAP food stamps application assistance. Rent and mortgage payment assistance may be offered in cases of eviction. Basic needs such as Free School Supplies, Christmas assistance and gifts, and more are offered too. Or look into emergency utility and air conditioning bill assistance programs, including for water or electricity. 105 Anderson HWY, Clemson, South Carolina 29631, dial (864) 653-4460.

Services from Butterfly Foundation - Housing programs can include referrals to rent or security deposit assistance with a focus on homeless prevention. They also operate shelters and transitional housing. Other resources from Butterfly for low income families includes the South Carolina Benefit Bank, information on federal government benefits, and job placement/training. Click here Butterfly Foundation.

Charities in Anderson County may offer focused security deposit, rent help, and short term housing programs. There are also government agencies as well. Tenants with an eviction notice may qualify for a grant; shelters are for the homeless; and specific rent programs are for veterans, single moms, and senior citizens. Find help with rent in Anderson County.

Free medical or dental care for uninsured and low income

Anderson County residents often struggle to get the medical or dental care they need. Or struggle to pay for medications. There are some medical providers and clinics listed below. Contact them for resources, or even locate financial assistance for dental work.

Anderson Free Clinic (864) 369-9493 which is located in Honea Path is a non-profit agency that offers free dental and medical care, as well as free prescription medication to the indigent persons.

Good Shepherd Medical Clinic is another community clinic that is staffed by medical professionals. It provides free medical services to people who can’t pay their medical bills. (864) 833-0017

Legal assistance and foreclosure programs

South Carolina Legal Services offers free civil legal help, and can also assist with foreclosures. The non-profit law firm provides pro bono civil legal services in the following areas: Dial (864) 679-3232.

  • Housing - includes foreclosure, evictions, discrimination, and landlord tenant disputes.
  • Consumer Debt and Finance - Help with bankruptcy and predatory loans and debts, such as payday loan consolidation programs.
  • Employment legal assistance, including discrimination, wage claims, employee rights, and wrongful termination, etc.)
  • Health care, including health insurance, long term health care facilities, and government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, etc.







Food banks, free grocery giveaway and non-profit pantries in Anderson County

Several food pantries operate in the region. Most of them are part of the so called God's Pantry network. The addresses are below. Depending on the location and level of donations, they may have personal hygiene goods, emergency food assistance, referrals, and canned items. They can also help seniors and children in the region.

  • 315 Daventon RD, Pelzer, South Carolina 29669, dial (864) 963-4441
  • God's Pantry VIII, 1009 S Broad ST, Clinton, SC 29325, telephone (864) 963-4441
  • 1421 Reidville Sharon RD, Greer, SC 29651, (864) 963-4441
  • 6466 Poplar Springs RD, Ware Shoals, SC 29692, dial (864) 963-4441
  • 3540 Woodruff RD, Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681, telephone number is (864) 963-4441

There are many other USDA programs, soup kitchens, as well as emergency food banks in the county. For more details and locations, read more Anderson County free food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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