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York, Chester, Lancaster, Union and Fairfield assistance programs

Find help with bills in South Carolina from community action agencies

You can receive a variety of assistance at Carolina Community Actions. Currently,  they have more funding than ever to give to needy residents of York, Chester, Lancaster, Union and Fairfield counties who are facing a crisis. This organization is part of the nationwide community action agency network. They are focused on helping the low income, unemployed, and those faced with poverty make it through a short term crisis, and to become self sufficient over the long term. More on community action agencies and the resources they provide to the needy.

For over 40 years, the CCA organization has provided help to the poorest in the region. And they should be able to aid even more people and families, as the federal government has provided this nonprofit organization that serves Union, York, Chester, Fairfield, and Lancaster counties in South Carolina with almost three times as much money to provide to the community.

As an example of how the aid is increasing. In just the first six months of 2009, CCA in Chester, York, and Lancaster counties has helped over 900 families, which is almost 3 times as many people as last year, and this increase was attributable to the increased government funding.

There is a wide variety of assistance. Some of the assistance given out to many household allows families in need to get assistance with car payments, groceries, rent, and even school supplies. Some community action agencies even offer car repairs.

In addition, CCA helps with paying both delinquent utility bills and cooling bills, or during the winter, they can provide supplemental heating assistance that low-income people already have. The money is paid directly to vendors or utility companies, not to individual families. If your power was disconnected, they can sometimes provide some money to pay a deposit.

Also Carolina Community Actions acts as a referral agency for other charities and services, that include employment services, energy counseling, day care, government programs, and training classes. Households and individuals have to show documentation with income stubs and maybe paychecks that will proves there is a financial need or emergency in order to get a referral.

Call Carolina Community Actions at (803) 329-5196 to learn how they can help you.




By Jon McNamara











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