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Rent assistance in Dorchester County South Carolina.

The number of rental assistance programs as well as general housing resources in Dorchester County is limited. The primary organizations to try for help are below. They include everything from local charities to non-profits, housing authorities, churches, and government entities. The goal is to offer some form of rent help to stop an eviction or assist with deposits and/or shelters to rehouse the homeless.

Note some of the housing programs are regional in nature. They do not necessarily only focus on the city of Summerville or say Dorchester County. Instead the emergency rent assistance or other resources (shelter, legal aid, etc.) help the multi-county area. This means there may be an even higher demand placed on the organizations, and unfortunately not all struggling tenants or homeless individuals may be able to get immediate assistance.

Public Housing Authority of Dorchester County
Address is 2170 Ashley Phosphate Road, Suite 700, North Charleston, South Carolina, Dial (843) 747-1793. Or try 550 Meeting St, Charleston, SC – 29403 at (843) 720-3697.
Both of these also cover Dorchester County. They offer low income apartments, public housing, and applications to HUD section 8 rent assistance vouchers. They also assist with home buying and coordinate loans for rent, mortgages, and even repairs. Find more details on section 8 HUD vouchers in South Carolina.

Tricounty Family Ministries
A number of eviction prevention programs are offered. They also provide cash grants for helping with rent, rapid rehousing, ESG funds, and even energy bill help. Dial (843) 747-1788 for advice or to apply.

Salvation Army of Dorchester County
Location is 111 Waring ST
Summerville, SC 29483
Telephone - (843) 851-2368
This is one of the few charities based in Dorchester County. The social services range from free furniture for a home or apartment to emergency rent help, clothing, food, and referrals. Homeless shelter, including for warm weather, are available along with financial aid to pay housing expenses.

South Carolina Legal Services
2803 Carner Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
Main Phone: (843) 720-7044
Attorneys help struggling Dorchester County tenants and homeowners. They can represent low income families, minorities, single moms, and others in housing court. Learn about free legal aid, get help in apply for HUD vouchers, rent programs, and other support from a lawyer.





Home of Hope
Address - 821 Central Avenue
Summerville, SC 29483
Main phone - (843) 469-8858
Programs range from shelter to homeless prevention.

Palmetto Community Action Partnership
The General Emergency Assistance Program can provide rent help for those in a 30 day crisis with a pay or quit notice from their landlord. (844) 769-6448

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Location is 1004 Jefferson Ave.
Building 717 Goose Creek, South Carolina 29445
They only help veterans and military members. Call (843) 794-7662. They also support spouses and immediate family members. Job placement, free furniture, government grants for rent or utility/security deposits, moving cost or storage help and other support is offered.

By Jon McNamara

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