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Greenville County South Carolina rent assistance.

Greenville County South Carolina has a number of rental assistance and low income housing programs. Most of them are run by charities, churches or government agencies and are focused on stopping evictions. Find how to get help paying rent, a security deposit and other housing expenses or bills.

Low income individuals have a number of resources and services available to them in Greenville. Among them include emergency rent assistance, section 8 housing, and grants and cash assistance. The resources are available from a number of non-profits, charities, and government housing as well as emergency rent assistance programs. In addition, counselors can often refer applicants to eviction prevention programs, free legal aid or other local services as well.

Below you will find an extensive listing of agencies, phone numbers, and addresses of organizations in Greenville County SC to call for emergency rental assistance. Or they can direct families to other housing solutions, including loans for helping pay back rent.

AID Upstate, Inc.  – This non-profit may be able to offer short-term rental/mortgage, housing expenses and utilities assistance. There may also be help with some move-in expenses. 864-250-0607

Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) – Supports only the Anderson County South Carolina and residents of that county that are in the city of Greenville. It may be able to provide emergency financial assistance with paying rent, utilities, and security deposits. Call 864-226-2273

Operation Hope of Landrum – Rent help offered to Landrum, Campobello, Gowensville, and Greenville South Carolina. 864-457-2812

City of Greenville, Community Development Division – Call 864-467-4570. This government agency partners with agencies and coordinates housing programs. Many are funded by the federal government, such as section 8. They run the Community Development Division, which is a leading source for information and guidance. Call the 206 South Main Street, Greenville, SC government agency at 864-467-4570




Clemson Community Care - Provides financial assistance and advice for individuals to find shelter for the night. 864-653-4460

Foothills Family Resources – Income eligible people that are are in a crisis can get help for paying mortgage, rent, or other housing expenses as funding allows. 3 Main St., Slater, SC 29683, call (864) 836-1100

Gateway House – The run a very focused program only. The non-profit will only offer housing opportunities for gateway house members. Call 864-242-9193

Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network - Provides free food, shelter, low income housing, and employment assistance to homeless families in the region. Call 864-271-3424

Greenville Housing Futures, Inc. – Dial 864-370-2020 to get information on low income housing from this organization.

Public Housing Authority – This local government agency can offer low income, subsidized housing for low-income persons through both Public Housing and Section 8 Voucher Rental Assistance programs. The towns in the Greenville South Carolina area supported and phone numbers to call include 864-467-4273.

Greenville Housing Authority (phone (864) 467-4250) accepts applications for the South Carolina section 8 housing program. This is a free housing choice voucher program that pay rent based on the household’s income. There is also public housing, case management, and referrals to low income apartments.





United Way of Greenville County – Funds and partners with local charities and non-profits. A great place to call for information and referrals. The non-profit may have information on government grants for paying back rent, low income apartments, and more. Dial 864-467-3333

Greenville County Redevelopment Authority runs the homeless prevention program. It can provide rent assistance, credit counseling, and money to pay for moving expenses or security deposits as well as other housing related programs. The county agency can coordinate and offer low cost, yet safe, housing for low and moderate-income citizens. Call (864) 242-9801

Greenville Rescue Mission - Provides shelter and other aid, including counseling, to homeless men and emergency housing. When the client is stabilized they can be places into transitional housing or apply for security deposit help. 864-242-6933

Greer Relief and Resources – The towns and cities of Duncan, Greenville, Greer, Lyman, Taylors, and Wellford are supported. The non-profit provides assistance with paying rent. In addition, the Agency may refer clients and low income families to other appropriate agencies and charities which offer long-term case management and counseling services.

Resources include loans for rent/mortgage assistance and more. These can be applied for, and people who have received an eviction notice may qualify for partial assistance with monthly rent.  202 Victoria St., Greer, South Carolina 29651-3436. Call 864-848-5355

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences can provide emergency financial help, both for rent or utility bills (or other costs). The faith based charity offers a number of services and resources to anyone who needs help, including outreach. There may be money for partial rent payments to stop an eviction. There are SVDP parishes in Greer, Taylors, and Greenville. More on rent assistance from Greenville St. Vincent de Paul.

Greenville Housing Fund can help lower income tenants move from a rental situation to buying a home. They are also a source of information on budgeting, low income housing units in the county, as well as other resources. A housing loan fund is run by the non-profit. 100 W. Antrim Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. Call (864) 235-6331.

Urban League of the Upstate focuses on minorities and the poor. Most of the housing assistance or eviction prevention is in the form of counseling, legal aid, and referrals to government grants for rent. The main office is at 15 Regency Hill Dr., Greenville, South Carolina 29607. Any funding for paying bills or housing is limited, but in general the non-profit helps the less fortunate. Phone  (864) 244-3862.

North Greenville Crisis Ministry helps those in the northern part of the county. Emergency financial aid for mortgages, back rent, utilities (to stop homelessness) or even a security deposit may be offered from 864 N Highway 25 Byp, Greenville, SC 29617. Cash is paid directly to the vendor. Call (864) 834-7342.





Saint Mary Church is at 2252 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29681, using donated funds to offer rent help, furniture, or other assistance. Funding is very limited. Call (864) 288-4884

Golden Strip Emergency Relief and Resources – The regions of Northern Laurens and Southern Greenville can apply for help. An emergency program can help pay rent and other housing expenses, such as energy bills. 864-967-2022

Helping Hands of Woodruff – Rental assistance programs are administered. Dial 864-476-2401. They support Woodruff and Enoree South Carolina.

Human Relations Commission – Does not offer direct financial aid, but can help resolve landlord/tenant disputes in Greenville County and can also offer fair housing counseling and case management. Call 864-467-7095.

Piedmont Community Action serves the working poor, unemployed, and low income in Greenville South Carolina. The non-profit community action agency may be able to offer rent assistance and emergency aid, including loans. Call 864-585-8183

Project Care, Inc./Stephen’s House – Offers counseling, referrals and advice, including long-term housing and supportive program. There may be referrals to funds for rent, personal stabilization, individualized case management, and development to the low income. Call 864-467-0102

Safe Harbor, Inc. - Provides short term emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Call 864-467-1177 or the toll free Crisis Line ins Greenville County. 1-800-291-2139.

Greenville Legal Services - Attorneys working on a pro-bono basis offer free advice. The assistance can stop evictions, help rehouse residents, and offer support with unsafe housing. The firm can be reached at (864) 679-3232.

Emergency homeless prevention and rehousing services help low income Greenville tenants. The government may have cash grants for rent, which both single parents and adults can apply for. There is also legal aid used to stop evictions, money for security or rental deposits, and counseling. More on Greenville County eviction assistance.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, which is based in Simpsonville (call (864) 263-3445), offers financial support for rent. Clients can come from all backgrounds, and include single parents, disabled, and the working poor.

Greenville Salvation Army – One of the leading national non-profit charity organizations. The charity can provides assistance with housing, utilities, monthly rent, and food. Call the branch near you. Anderson: 864-225-7381, Gaffney: 864-489-2530, Greenville: 864-235-4803.

Shepherd’s Gate - Miracle Hill Ministries – This organization offers a shelter for homeless women and families and emergency housing. There may be occasional short term assistance for rent arrearage. Greenville County based, and call 864-268-5589

Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. (SHARE) – A number of housing programs are offered, including transitional housing and case management for the homeless. Other resources include supportive housing for the homeless, and utilities / rent assistance for low-income persons and even homebuyer programs. Call the Greenville non-profit at 864-269-0700 or dial 864-422-9910.







Catholic Charities of the Piedmont Deanery – Receive direct rent payment assistance as well as information/referral. Staff also help senior citizens in the form of advocacy and referrals. Location is 204 Douthit St., Ste. A-1 at Gallivan Center in Greenville, SC 29601. Call (864) 242-2233

United Ministries offers rent help to Greenville County residents. 864-232-6463

Upstate Homeless Coalition – Housing and counseling is offered for people with medical needs, such as HIV or AIDs. 864-241-0462


By Jon McNamara

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