Richland County South Carolina eviction assistance and rehousing.

The local Richland County eviction prevention programs offer temporary financial help for housing expenses to eligible tenants across Columbia South Carolina and the county. The assistance is for families who are homeless or are in imminent danger of becoming evicted. Depending on government grants available, there may be money for paying rental costs and security deposits, utilities, and even motel vouchers. The programs are operated by non-profits, and they also facilitate counseling to help people gain long-term financial independence around their housing needs.

Any type of prevention will always stress case management and other supportive services. There are resources used to stop evictions for families living in poverty that reside in Public Housing, support for senior citizens, eviction help for Section 8 Housing Voucher Participants, single moms and others. Tenants that are at-risk of homelessness, that are are faced with losing their subsidized or private housing in Richland County will be referred to a program for their needs.

Terms of eviction prevention programs

There are many. To be eligible for either financial help or counseling, applicants that are currently living in affordable, permanent housing must be in either in rent arrears or have a legal issues. They need to have received a pay or quit notice from their landlord, or be close to receiving one in the near future. The type of assistance provided in Richland County South Carolina may be as follows.

  • -Applicants that currently live in temporary housing (such as a shelter or transitional housing) or that are homeless can be provided grants to pay a security deposit(s) or first months rent.
  • -Case managers in Richland County will help lower to moderate income families secure permanent housing.
  • -Any type of grants for rental arrears is only for short term relief, so the tenant threatened with an eviction needs to be in need of temporary financial aid such as job cutbacks, illness, an accident, or a short term loss of day care or transportation.
  • -Income limits are in place, and in general eviction help is only given to people that live with maximum  of 80% of HUD Area Median.





  • -Homeless prevention services may offer rental help while the person is waiting on government benefits, such as section 8 housing.
  • -Mediation services are put into place for landlord / tenant disputes. The attorneys can also refer the tenant to free legal aid programs in South Carolina.

Eviction help in the community will require that the applicant have been self-sufficient prior to the emergency. Also, since the aid is one time and short term only, the housing crisis must not be a chronic problem. They also need to show the ability to pay their future rent and energy bills on their own, and the family must be able to prove self-sufficiency at the end of the financial assistance. Also, a grant is last resort, so the tenants needs to have have used up both their own resources (such as savings) and all other sources of assistance in Columbia and the region.

Any type of grant given for stopping the eviction, whether from a HUD sponsored program or using money donated from the United Way, will also place an emphasis on housing counseling. The fact is the resident needs to become self-sufficient and meet all the goals put into place. All across Richland County will be a focus on financial management and budget skills training. A counselor from one of the many agencies in Columbia will partner with the applicant to create short-term goals which will need to be adhered too throughout the process.

Additional federal government funded HUD programs in Columbia

Once a year, money is allocated to the community. Depending on the agency that receives it, they will use the HUD funds to help prevention homelessness and rapidly rehouse families. Or some may use the money just to offer non-monetary aid to stop the eviction, such as pay for motel vouchers or legal support.

There are also other Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) given in the Richland County community. These may include funds to help pay rent, utility or water bills, mortgage, security deposits, motel costs, or moving expenses. In some cases the homeless may be provided clothing or even some gently used furniture for their new apartment.




Two of the other, primary main federal programs include HUD section 8 as well as the Tenant Based Rental Assistance, or TBRA. Both of these are available as subsidies to help people with special needs and their families.. Another focus is on very low income families living in poverty that have a source of income. These two HUD resources can support the mentally ill, senior citizens and also physically disabled.

For additional information or referrals in the community to eviction prevention programs, dial (803) 733-5408. The low income tenant will be given a referral if qualified.


By Jon McNamara

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