Anderson County South Carolina Community Services Office (SHARE) programs.

The Anderson County Community Services Office is dedicated to fighting poverty in the region. The non-profit has been operating for dozens of years and does what it can to address employment needs, while at the same time directing the family to financial aid. Whether it is a grant or loan to pay for home repairs, the LADDER job placement program, or funds for paying electric bills from LIHEAP, those programs and others are offered.

Most of the aid from SHARE is available using government sources, including the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This is what allows the non-profit to provide emergency financial help for rent, energy bills, counseling, and more. The Anderson County Community Services Office also partners with other companies in South Carolina, such as Duke Energy and the United Way to coordinate support.

Not only may cash grants be provided by Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (and Community Services Office or SHARE can help people apply), but the non-profit also works with local as well as regional utility companies such as Duke Energy to find other solutions. The fact is that there are many other ways to get help, ranging from payment plans to forbearance. The goal is to help those families pay their utilities  to help them alleviate the need for them to decide needing to pay heat or food.

LIHEAP is a federal funded grant program available in South Carolina. It will offer very low income Anderson County South Carolina households with money. The aid will assist seniors, the disabled, or working poor households. The government money will also help make home heating more affordable and the grants can be used to assist individuals so they can avoid shutoff of utility services during the winter or summer months.

Community Services Office also operates Operation Warmfront. This is a program focused on paying gas and heating bills of Anderson County families living in poverty. Money (donations) are collected by groups such as the United Way, which then provide financial aid to clients. Most of this is for the elderly, families with kids, and the disabled that need their heat on even more than others.





Seniors on a fixed income as well as low-income homeowners often encounter difficulties in regard to bringing their homes up to local and state of South Carolina building codes. The Housing Rehabilitation and Repair Program from Community Services Office helps with repairs to owner-occupied homes'. There may be low interest loans given for this service. It also upgrades owner-occupied, single-family homes to address code violations and correct dangerous health and safety issues.

The work done includes roof work; plumbing, heating, electrical work; exterior painting and more. Repairs from the program, or the allocation of volunteers, are prioritized according to code violations, energy-efficiency, health and safety concerns and, in rare cases, cosmetic improvement.

Educational, job placement, and ongoing support –  Lifelong Advancement through Diligence, Determination and Employment Resources (LADDER) is offered by SHARE of Anderson County. This is the main service for addressing the root cause of the situation. Not only may support be provided directly, but the Community Services Office can refer families to United Way services too.

There are resources in the community that work to ensure that students from families living in poverty begin college on the same academic footing as those from more affluent school districts. There is also case management around outreach, skills training, and other support from LADDER.

Youth Leadership may also be combined with LADDER. Parents applying for their kids need to show verification of low-income status by showing paycheck or other stubs (such as from SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) letters, or similar documents
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In general, income guidelines are met and LADDER focused on certain neighborhoods. The clients need to be a first-generation college student, meaning that neither parent holds a four-year degree. Applications are needed, as well an essay that gives the reasons for desiring to attend college or other postsecondary educational program. One on one interviews will also be required in Anderson County.

The CSBG grant also pays for some housing needs, though these are regional. One of the primary ones is the transitional housing in South Carolina, and this is for the homeless and working poor. In very rare cases may this form of assistance extend to rent, but it may be possible. Rather Community Services Office focuses on stabilizing a housing situation of an Anderson County family.

Operated by Anderson County South Carolina Community Services Office, the state of South Carolina Head Start Program serves three and four-year-old children from low-income families as well as their parents. There is also an ABC voucher program to pay for after school care. The goal is to ensure that children are fully prepared to enter kindergarten. What may be offered in Anderson County is as follows.

-Resources to help kids by successful as they progress through school and into their adult lives.
-Age-appropriate education services from teachers at schools.
-Families and kids from Anderson County SC can access free dental and health services.
-Head Start also provides free food and social services.

The Anderson County South Carolina Community Services Office has one main center in the area and several other offices. The address is 1704 E. Greenville Street, Anderson, 29621, and the intake number is (864) 224-7028.



By Jon McNamara

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