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Rental assistance Charleston County South Carolina.

Locate housing as well as rental assistance programs in Charleston County South Carolina. The churches, charities and government organizations below specialize in offering this type of financial help. Find grant money to help pay back rent, section 8 vouchers, and assistance with a security deposit. Get help with rent in Charleston County SC.

The assistance is extensive, including emergency rent relief or security deposit help in nearby communities, including North Charleston and Mount Pleasant. In addition to providing money many of the places in Charleston County also offer free advice, including case management or free legal aid from lawyers in housing court. Low income families, single mothers, the disabled and seniors can find safe and affordable housing units or apartments or free motel or hotel vouchers. Or locate other free motel voucher programs.

The demand for housing services in both the city as well as North Charleston is very high, and funding is limited. Anyone in need of grant or loan based rental assistance or that needs help in finding low income housing or money to pay past due rent, call one of the organizations below as soon as possible before an eviction notice is served.

Organizations that help with paying rent in Charleston SC

Catholic Charities assists the poor, immigrants, women, and elderly (among others). For tenants, including single mothers or women facing DV, in an extreme emergency, this organization will be able to offer rent help, regardless of religion. Call (843) 531-5570 or (855)-377-7357, and the address is 1662 Ingram Rd, Charleston, SC 29407.

Charleston Area Community Development Corporation (Eastside Community Development) - Offers first time homebuyer programs and general housing support. Referrals are given to local non-profits that offer assistance to renters or struggling tenants. Mailing address of the center is at 60 America St A, Charleston, SC 29403, call (843) 952-7193 or (843) 747-3311

Public Housing Authorities in Charleston County are available. They administer Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, including section 8 vouchers. These are income based, in which the low income tenant pays up to 30% of their income for rent. There are also emergency Section vouchers for the elderly and/or disabled.




  • Charleston County Housing Authority – Low income families can apply for rent and housing assistance from the federal government Section 8 housing resource. Programs are for low income families in people in public housing. Address - 2106 Mt. Pleasant Street Charleston, South Carolina 29403, call (843) 722-1942
  • City of Charleston Housing Authority – Offers permanent public housing. They also administer section 8 housing choice vouchers, which is an income based rent assistance program funded by HUD. Address 550 Meeting Street Charleston SC 29403, call (843) 723-4491 or (843) 720-3697.
  • North Charleston Housing Authority – This government agency provides the section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and other government public housing for low income families as well as single parents. Main address is 6327 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406, dial (843) 747-1793

The agency is also commonly called CHA. The Charleston Housing Authority administers a few other government programs, such as home buying services for low income renters and vouchers that are used by veterans from HUD VASH. Another services is self-sufficiency from FSS. Most of the resources have waiting lists and are limited. Continue with Charleston housing authority.

Palmetto Community Action - Charleston County Human Services – The non-profit agency provides emergency funding for paying rent, mortgage payments or energy bills. One of the resources is known as New Promise Permanent Housing Program. It is a free service that provides permanent housing for the chronically homeless in Charleston South Carolina (includes domestic violence victims) as well as single mothers.

  • The Human Services agency also provides services as well as rent and housing programs for low-income residents of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. The goal is to offer tenants grant money to pay rent stop an eviction as well as rehouse homeless people or families. The office is at 1069 King Street Charleston, SC 29403, dial (843) 724-6760

Free legal aid can help stop evictions or deal with housing discrimination. Free, pro-bono lawyers also assist with too high rental increases or address unsafe homes. Or lawyers can help Charleston County SC families apply for housing programs, including section 8 vouchers or grant money for rent.

  • South Carolina Legal Services (2803 Carner Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405, phone (843) 720-7044) as well as Pro-Bono Legal Services (111 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, dial (843) 853-6456) have lawyers that can represent the low income and poor in housing court. They can help stop evictions and more.





Crisis Ministries (One80 Place) has a goal of ending homelessness, and part of that includes emergency rental assistance. The non-profit also provides Transitional Housing, a Homeless Shelter, and other low income housing programs. There may also be government grants to help pay for rent or help tenants with utilities. Mailing address is 35 Walnut St, Charleston, SC 29403. The main phone line is (843) 723-9477.

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) offers rent payment assistance, with a focus on tenants in the eastern part of the county including Mt. Pleasant SC. Other programs can provide help for electric bills, educational opportunities, small household items, and free furniture for an apartment or income based housing. Address is 1145 Six Mile Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466. To learn about how to get help with rent, dial (843) 849-9220.

Rent assistance Charleston County SCHumanities Foundation Inc is another social service agency that offers various financial assistance programs, including for rent, utilities, moving costs or security deposits. They are all focused on stopping homelessness. Case management and financial literacy is combined with funds to pay back rent. The address is 474 Wando Park Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29494. Phone number is (843) 856-4120.

Trident Area Agency on Aging – Apply for and get information on rent payment assistance for seniors who are age 60+ who meet income guidelines. There is also supportive housing for the elderly or disabled. Location is 1360 Truxton Avenue, Suite 105, Charleston, SC 29405. The main intake number for elderly housing and benefit programs is (843) 554-2275. Read more South Carolina Area Agencies on Aging and their programs.

Family Services, Inc. Homeownership Resource Center – The non-profit provides down payment and Closing Cost Assistance, including for low income renters moving from an apartment in Charleston to a house. The housing program provides financial assistance. They do this by offering home buying support for individuals and families. They also provide education classes, credit repair, debt counseling and classes. The non-profit is at 4925 Lacross Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406, Phone: (843) 735-7802.

Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina is a non-profit agency that offers housing and case management services. There may be some financial help for renters to help them pay housing costs. Participants and clients of the non-profit are expected to work and/or be enrolled in school. Income guidelines are in place. The center is at Nunan Street Project, 19 Saint Margaret Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403, call (843) 722-7526




Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Charleston only helps military members or those in the National Guard. Offers housing, rent payments, security deposits, and other financial aid for military members, some veterans and their families. The mailing address is 2316 Red Bank Rd Building 84, Goose Creek, SC 29445. Call (843) 794-7662 or (843) 764-7662.

John's Island Rural Housing Development operates units. The have, for lease, low income/subsidized rental housing. They serve western Charleston County SC. Mailing address is 3624 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, South Carolina 29455, or dial (843) 559-3359 for information on applications to rent assistance.

Liza’s Lifeline helps women. The center provides emergency funds and grants for short term housing assistance or rent help for victims of domestic violence. Also, provides other support, such as legal aid. There is also free emergency basic needs on a case by case basis to domestic violence victims. The non-profit is at 636-G Longpoint Road, #134, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, call (843) 991-9085

Neighbors Together (formerly Tricounty Family Ministries) covers the county from 2105 Cosgrove Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405., The charity runs transitional housing. Also provides furniture to renters, and free landlord-tenant mediations. Financial assistance may in some circumstances include for back rent and help people pay for transportation to move. Call (843) 747-1788. Details on financial help from Neighbors Together.

Neighborhood House is based at 77 America St, Charleston, South Carolina 29403. The assistance programs include funds for rent and electric bills. Also offers continuing education - GED preparation, computer classes, food pantry, and other voucher based resources Dial  (843) 805-8064 or (843) 853-8329 for information on rent payment help or other social services.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach – An extensive number of immediate financial assistance programs are offered, including rent and utility bill payment help. Also runs a after school program, English as a Second language classes, and helps people find no-wait list apartments to live in. A major focus is on homeless prevention. Location is 1684 Brownswood Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455. Phone number is (843) 559-4109.

Assistance for the homeless and families facing eviction is offered in Charleston County. There is also Rapid Rehousing. Federal government HUD grants can assist with housing costs including rent, energy or water bills, and lease application fees.

  • Non-profits will also offer legal aid and rehousing, such as money for paying a deposit or first months rental payment. Organizations can also help the homeless move into a new, low income apartment. More on homeless prevention in Charleston County.

Rural Mission – Emergency assistance with rent, utilities, and home repairs. Mailing address is 3429 Camp Care Rd., Johns Island, South Carolina 29455, call (843) 768-1720







Charleston County Salvation Army Service Unit helps the low income, seniors, and elderly among others. If the tenant has an eviction notice they can apply for emergency rent help. Also provides assistance with clothing, furniture for an apartment, and household items to struggling, low-income tenants. They also have a men's shelter as well as free hotel or motel vouchers as well as offer funds for first months rent to try to rehouse families including single moms or dads.

  • The main faith based charity is at 111 Waring St, Summerville, SC 29483. Call (843) 747-5271.

Charleston South Carolina Housing Search is a free service that helps individuals and families locate affordable, low income homes and apartments. Some of the centers may have or accept cash funds or section 8 housing vouchers for rental assistance. They can also direct low income families, single moms and working poor to government grants for paying housing, rent, or moving deposit expenses. Call (877) 428-8844. Or get help in finding low income apartments without a waiting list.

Charleston Area Urban League is based at 2133 N Hillside Dr, Charleston, SC 29407.. Client must have income (job, disability, etc.) and meet other eligibility requirements in order to get rent payment assistance. The non-profit has information on free government grants for rent, moving or storage cost assistance and more. Appointments are needed. Call (843) 769-8173

Star Gospel Mission addresses housing needs, including with financial resources for the homeless, veterans and single parents in Charleston. While most of the assistance is in the form of transitional housing, there will be limited funds for back rent help or moving costs from an Outreach service. The charity is at 474 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403. Call (843) 722-2473

Palmetto Community Care only offers referrals to rent and housing assistance to people with HIV / AIDs or a life threatening medical conditions. The address is 5064 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston South Carolina 29406. Other services are offered too, and call 843-747-2273

South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN) – Get information about shelter or safe housing. They help women who are facing violence or abuse. Other referrals are for home repairs or apply for security deposit or rental grants. Call (888) 852-1900 or (803) 750-1200. Must have been the victim of a crime.




Telamon Corporation – Trident – People classified as being in poverty can get rent payment assistance. There may also be some deposit help as well in Charleston County, including for paying a landlord security or energy connections. A major focus is on the poor or tenants in rural parts of the county. Call (843) 574-1864 or (803) 256-7411

Additional programs for rent help in Charleston

Tenants, homeless people and those who need funds (or referrals) to rent assistance programs have other places to try. The Charleston SC Continuum of Care as well as other agencies coordinate housing resources for the region, and call 843-737-8357 for more details on additional rent relief services.


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