Lee and Clarendon assistance programs.

Watertree Community Actions supports both Lee and Clarendon County. The assistance programs offered provide new or used clothing, eviction prevention and rent payment assistance for qualified low income people and residents, employment and job assistance, a free food pantry, utility and cooling bill assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), heath care and prescription expense assistance, rent and housing payment assistance, utility bill assistance, weatherization, job training, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), as well as mortgage foreclosure prevention and mortgage payment. (803) 775-4354

Watertree Community Actions, Inc. is probably the number on place to call for help with bills, housing expenses, and this non-profit provides all types of support, information, and help to the working poor, unemployed, and those who are struggling. In addition to the programs referenced above, and to add detail to the above, the agency can do the following.

  • Free mortgage prevention counseling - A housing counselor can provide foreclosure mediation with banks and lenders to help homeowners stay in their homes. They also offer so called self help classes, Section 8 vouchers, direct communication with banks and lenders, and other services. The community action agency is also HUD certified. Find other HUD counseling agencies in South Carolina.
  • Emergency financial aid and support - Emergency services are offered to the low to moderate income. Get clothing, food, rent, temporary shelter, utility assistance, help with mortgages, and counseling. Also get information on local charities as well as government programs.
  • Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing - Get access to preventative homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. The following can be provided for the program. Rent, mortgages, utilities, security deposits, and help in finding a new home or apartment to live in. Some of the program is funded by the government, and some may be from private funds.
  • Health screenings - Free health screenings and information on clinics can be provided.
  • Food Pantries - They are run on site and administer support to the needy. Receive a meal, or food for a future date.
  • Federal government programs are offered for the low income, children, and seniors. Families across Lee County and other regions can apply for help from South Carolina public aid including LIHEAP (to pay cooling bills) and SNAP, or food stamps.

As indicated above, call Watertree at (803) 775-4354. Offices are located in Clarendon and Lee Counties of South Carolina. Or read more on financial support from Wateree Community Actions.





Salvation Army Clarendon and Lee Counties - The location provides access to services including a clothes closet, mortgage payment assistance, drug rehabilitation, prescription expense assistance, firewood, utilities assistance, and mortgage help. Call 775-9336

South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority - This is a government office/program that administers a number of Federal and state of South Carolina government programs that are directed at low and moderate income South Carolina individuals and families. (803) 896-9001

Harvest HOPE Food Bank - A regional distribution program that collects, stores, and distributes groceries and free food and related items to qualified agencies in the region. Call (843) 661-0826

St. James-Santee Family Health Center is a local community clinic that offers laboratory services, pharmacy, nutritional counseling, pediatric care, prenatal care (GYN, no OB), and other medical support. (843) 887-3274




By Jon McNamara

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