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Hampton and Colleton South Carolina assistance programs.

Emergency financial assistance or referrals

Lowcountry Community Action Agency – This is a leading non-profit that provides a number of 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.

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 rental 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. More.

Emergency Cooling assistance – Offered during the hot and humid South Carolina summers. Funding is limited.

Lowcountry Community Action Agency is located at 319 Washington Street, 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.

Salvation Army of Colleton and Hampton Counties offers the needy various resources and social services, including Holiday Gifts and toys such as the Angel Tree program. A thrift store and pantry may provide food, household goods and clothing. 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





Lowcountry Council of Governments serves all counties in the region with a home repair program, as well as emergency rental expense assistance. (843) 726-5536

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. 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. Address is 108 Pine ST, Hampton, SC 29924, call (803) 943-7555. Click here for more details on 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, labs, and home health. Phone number is (843) 987-7400


By Jon McNamara

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