Lancaster County South Carolina assistance programs.

South Carolina has been hot hard by the weak economy, and Lancaster residents do have some charities, non-profits, and other organizations they can contact for financial assistance. Learn where to turn to for help with rent, utility bills, debt programs, mortgage, free food, and more.

One non-profit agency, HOPE in Lancaster, Inc., is a non-profit that provides short-term emergency financial assistance, counseling, and other aid to Lancaster County residents who are facing a hardship or who are in a crisis situation. The assistance provided includes free food, funds for utility bills, prescription vouchers and medications, as well as rent and mortgage payments. Dial (803) 283-9339. There are no fees, but income criteria need to be met. Click here to learn more about South Carolina charities.

Carolina Community Actions, Inc. - Lancaster, which is the local community action agency, also offers financial assistance, counseling, and can help people apply for South Carolina and federal government programs. The non-profit agency provides funds for utility bills, clothing assistance, employment and job training, medications and prescription assistance, housing and rent assistance, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) welfare to work programs, TANF, mortgage counseling, and other aid.

While many individuals will not qualify for financial help, CCA may be able to offer referrals. They have information on public assistance such as SNAP food stamps, loan programs or low income housing units in Lancaster. Also, job placement and overall self-sufficiency is another focus of the organization. Call the agency at (803) 285-2034, or click more details.

KARE, which is located in Kershaw but serves Lancaster, is another option. The programs this agency runs includes:

  • Utility bill assistance - Get help with cooling, air conditioning, and energy bills
  • Food - Access a food pantry and learn about distribution centers
  • Clothing - Used and discounted items.
  • Health care - Receive access to a clinic for those that are uninsured.
  • Loan programs - Some funds may be given for a short term crisis, if the applicant has an income.

Call the agency at (803) 475-4173.





The Lancaster County Department of Social Service is the government run agency that offers aid. Among other options, access child care vouchers, food stamps, WIC and more. Apply for energy bill assistance programs such as LIHEAP and weatherization. Case managers will help the poor and senior citizens receive all of the government benefits that they are entitled too. (803) 286-6914

Care Health Center / CareNet of Lancaster provides health care on a sliding fee. So the rates and the medical bills charged will vary, and will depend on what the patient can afford and their health insurance. What may be offered by the center includes physicals, immunizations, as well as referrals to dental care in Lancaster County South Carolina. Other low cost health care may be arranged too. Call the clinic at (803) 285-2273.

The Salvation Army supports Lancaster county and nearby regions. While funding is limited and they depend on donations, the non-profit will do its best to meet the needs of seniors, the poor, and less fortunate. Programs offered are wide ranging and can include money for rent or utility bills (when available). Other services include free food from a pantry, soup kitchens, and shelter. Children from low income families in Lancaster County South Carolina may also receive free Christmas food or gifts. Season services may also be school supplies and clothing. Learn more.





By Jon McNamara

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