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Orangeburg County assistance programs.

Find financial help from churches, charities, the government, and non-profits. Whether it is emergency rent or utility bill assistance, free food from pantries, medical care, or even gasoline for long distance community, there are resources in Orangeburg County. Everyone from the low income to unemployed, seniors, and working poor may be ably to apply for cash aid or no interest loans for their bills or housing.

Housing and utility bill assistance

Almost one million dollars in federal government funding is being provided to Orangeburg County, and the money will be used to pay for emergency food, housing and shelter programs.

The federal money is being administered by the National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are several different charities and organizations that are represented by the group, including Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross United Jewish Communities, USA; United Way of America, and National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.

Money has been granted to Orangeburg County is the past. The Emergency Food, Rent, Utility Bill and Shelter funds are being disbursed by various local non-profit organizations and charities. You can contact any of these agencies to apply or learn more.

  • Hope Lutheran Outreach Ministries (803) 492-3076
  • Samaritan House (803) 516-0088
  • Cooperative Ministry of North (803) 531-4913
  • United Ministries Crisis Center
  • The Salvation Army

These various agencies and charities are responsible for distributing the funds to people in need, and they will provide free meals, lodging, along with money for assistance with paying utility bills and rent payments. Find additional ways to get rent help.




South Carolina Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The OCAB Community Action Agency (803) 536-1027 offers this energy and heating bill assistance program. It assists local residents who are facing an energy bill crisis, such as a disconnection of their service. They offer various forms of aid, including the Crisis Intervention Programs. This will provide clients of the program with financial assistance and cash grants that will help them pay their utility and heating bills. It will also help them maintain heating or repair heating devices during the winter, and assistance to maintain cooling and purchase fans during the summer. Eligible customers who apply and are accepted into the LIHEAP program may be eligible for Direct Assistance, and they may be able to receive one-time funds to help with energy costs and bills.

Emergency funds and crisis grants

Orangeburg County in South Carolina has been chosen to receive almost $100,000 in government funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. These funds are grants are being provided to these agencies to help provide free meals and lodging, along with cash grants and assistance with utility bills and rent payments.

Various agencies and charities have been selected to administer the funding. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross United Jewish Communities, Salvation Army,  Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.

If you are interested in applying for help, contact one of the organizations that Orangeburg County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds to. These groups include United Ministries Crisis Center, CASA, Hope Lutheran Outreach Ministries, Samaritan House, the Salvation Army, and Cooperative Ministry of North, Cooperative Church Ministries of Orangeburg. These agencies are responsible for providing meals and lodging, along with assistance with utility bills and rent payments.

Churches in the Orangeburg and Midlands region may be turned to in an emergency. While financial aid for paying utility bills or rent is rare, case managers may have referrals. Other support includes clothing, transitional housing, and even free dental care from Midlands Save a Smile. Some churches also operate low cost thrift stores. Read more churches in Midland.

The Orangeburg County Salvation Army is a non-profit agency that provides prescription expense assistance, food pantry, and rent or utility bill assistance. But the main focus is on ending poverty, and giving people the tools they need to help themselves. Whether it is a job, information on how to save money, and general counseling, services are provided. The site is at 813 Nottingham St, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115, telephone (803) 534-6805, or learn more on the charitable Orangeburg County Salvation Army.

Local rent, housing, and deposit programs - Several local agencies focus on these housing costs. There may be financial help, for both married or single parents/adults, as well as legal aid, referrals, and more. Continue with rent help in Orangeburg.

Orangeburg Community Action Agency, Inc. runs the Community Service Block Grant , which provides a number of services. These include clothing, food, and more. Examples include Head Start, senior companions and transportation for community groups and schools on 40-passenger bus. Financial assistance for paying bills can be offered from the federal government Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP, heating and cooling assistance and repair, fans). Read more on cooling bill assistance in Orangeburg.





Also get help finding a job from Workforce Investment Act (WIA) job training. The main office can be contacted at (803) 536-1027, or stop by 1822 Joe S. Jeffords Hwy. Find additional assistance programs from OCAB Community Action Agency.

Get free groceries, clothes and meals from food banks and soup kitchens. Several churches and non-profits in Orangeburg County provide this service. They collect donations of goods (ranging from food to Christmas meals or work or school uniforms) and give them to struggling households. Many charities participate. Continue with free food and pantries in Orangeburg County.

Get rent help in Orangeburg South Carolina

The Middleton Street Samaritan House, which can be reached at (803) 516-0088, has a rent assistance program. It can provide both rental and even utility bill assistance for the newly homeless, people facing eviction or individuals who are at risk of homelessness.

By Jon McNamara

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