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Assistance programs Hampton and Colleton County South Carolina.

Find where and how to get financial help in Walterboro SC as well as Colleton or Hampton County. Charities, churches and government agencies provide grant money for bills, housing assistance, free food or groceries and other stuff. A focus is on helping low-income families with emergency needs as well as give long term fiscal stability.

Emergency financial assistance or referrals

Lowcountry Community Action Agency – This is a leading non-profit that provides a number of social services for people in both counties.

  • General Emergency Assistance Program – This resource was created to help qualified residents in addressing various needs. Cash assistance or referrals can be provided to address mortgage foreclosure situations, eviction prevention, utility disconnection, medications, lack of food, and more. This includes grant money for a partial rent or housing payment.
     
  • Head Start – Children from low income families may qualify. Additional services are offered for parents as well. This is an education assistance program, and a focus is on helping develop the early reading, educational and math skills of children to help them be successful in school.
     
  • Both Head Start as well as the option for younger children known as Early Head Start will increase the development of children by addressing social, nutritional, and health care or children as well as their families. For examples, parents may benefit from job finding and training programs and resources.
     
  • Utility assistance from Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP – Qualified low income families in Hampton and Colleton can get help paying for both summer cooling as well as winter heating bills. LIHEAP offers Colleton and Hampton families direct cash assistance for energy bills, income management counseling, mediation in dealing with power companies, and energy educations/advice of how to save money. Specifically LIHEAP can help South Carolina families with.
     
  • Money to buy air conditioners, specifically a window AC unit.

 

 

 

  • Direct cash assistance – Non emergency financial assistance to pay heating or cooling expenses.
     
  • Crisis program – People facing some form of an emergency, such as a disconnection, can benefit from LIHEAP. Funds can be paid out to individuals in less time to deal with the crisis.
  • Repairs or replacement of HVAC units.
     
  • Heaters – Get help for purchasing an electric ceramic or radiator type heater if your current unit does not work.
  • Rental assistance from the federal government Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This is offered on a very similar conditions as the Emergency Shelter Grants program. The government run program can offer cash grants for short to medium term rental assistance, moving assistance, money for security/utility deposits, hotel vouchers, or even utility bill assistance. While LCAA will try to arrange funds for these expenses, in some cases a no interest loan will be issued for certain bills or housing expenses.
     
  • Case Management and Goal Setting- Work with a dedicated specialist in setting milestones and midterm goals that acts as a map to achieving a specific outcome. Also access employment services, advocacy, educational enhancement services, and referrals as part of Lowcountry Community Action Agency case management.
     
  • Weatherization – Receive up to $6500 in free energy conservation updates to your home. Weatherization will help low income people save hundreds of dollars on their utility bills from free conservation measures More on weatherization.
     
  • Emergency Cooling assistance – Offered during the hot and humid South Carolina summers. Funding is limited.

Lowcountry Community Action Agency is located at 1605 N Jefferies Hwy, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488 telephone number (843) 549-5576. If the non-profit can’t meet the request, staff from LCAA will offer referrals. For more information on their programs, read more on financial help from Lowcountry Community Action Agency.

Salvation Army of Colleton and Hampton Counties offers the needy various resources and social services. There may be emergency financial assistance for housing (rent, utilities, water bills, etc) as well as free gas vouchers. The Salvation Army also has free Holiday Gifts and toys such as the Angel Tree program. A thrift store and pantry may provide food, household goods and clothing as well as furniture Limited funding for rent, mortgage, and utilities too. Call (843) 524-3727

Market Assembly Church Food Pantry of Ladson SC has an onsite food pantry for anyone in need of help. Call (843) 821-2600. The address is 9659 Jamison Rd, Ladson, SC 29456.

 

 

 

 

Lowcountry Council of Governments serves all counties in the region with a home repair program, as well as emergency rental expense assistance. They service Hampton, Jasper, Colleton, and Beaufort counties. Based on funding and applicant criteria, there may be Roofs, water heaters or wells, repairs to Sewer/septic systems, Handicap ramps and accessibility improvements, Exterior doors and windows and even HVAC repairs. Call (843) 726-5536. The address is 634 Campground Rd, Yemassee, SC 29945.

Safe Haven is a short term shelter for homeless women, children and families. Supportive services are in place to help people seek housing, employment, and higher education. Location is 617 Black Street, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488

ChristWay Ministries – Offers discount furniture, clothes closet, a food pantry, and a resource known as the benefit bank. This Benefit Bank will help low income families get information on an apply for Children's Health Insurance program, SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, and other government and public benefits. Call (843) 851-2366, or find more South Carolina public aid.

Hampton County Council on Aging assists those 60 or older. No rent or utility assistance is offered. Offers home delivered meals and more. Also call for referral for senior citizens and disabled people. There is information on Medicaid, respite services and other support. Address is 108 Pine ST, Hampton, SC 29924, call (803) 943-7555. Click here for more details on SC financial assistance programs for seniors.

Hardeeville Thrift Shop offers used appliances, clothing, furniture, and household goods. Also helps people recover from disaster such as burn out victims. Address is 12 Coastal HWY 17 South, Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927, call (843) 784-3157

Health care and insurance

Beaufort Jasper Hampton Chelsea Health Clinic provides the low income and uninsured with Comprehensive Health Services, including family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental assistance, or labs. There is also free medical for women’s health issues, eye exams and home health. Phone number is (843) 987-7400

 

By Jon McNamara

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