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Find rental assistance programs Richland County and Columbia SC.

Programs are available in Columbia South Carolina as well as the greater Richland County region that provide emergency rent assistance, grant money or security deposit help. Find churches, local and state government organizations, as well as charities that assist with housing needs. Some of the leading places to apply at for help with paying rent near you in Columbia SC, security deposit assistance, access to a homeless shelter, section 8 vouchers, and other housing needs are below.

Thousands of families in the Richland County South Carolina benefit from these housing resources every year. Get free grant money for back paying rent, or a loan, and the funds are usually prioritized for those with a crisis as well as the elderly, disabled, or single mothers. Many applicants have an eviction notice or some type of unexpected financial hardship. Funding is always limited and only a small number of families or individuals can normally qualify for financial help for their rent or bills.

However even if the non-profits and/or government programs do not have any cash to offer you for rent, they will oftentimes usually be able to refer people to other social services. There are also free, pro-bono attorneys to fight an eviction. Many locations also have social workers on site that can help people regain self sufficiency through such programs as credit counseling, budgeting, and maybe even debt reduction. All of that is combined with immediate, or long term, rental assistance.

Places that help with rent in Columbia SC area

The Columbia Salvation Army is located at 3024 Farrow Road and offers a number of housing resources. There may be emergency financial assistance, homeless shelters, free motel vouchers and and other support. Dial (803) 765-0260. It can offer financial assistance to low income individuals and families who are dealing with struggles. Volunteers or case workers can work with struggling renters to not only get them money to pay back rent or utilities, but also address the underlying crisis.

South Carolina Association of Community Action is the main central location of this statewide non-profit and they work with other organizations in the region. They have information on, and can provide referrals for, government programs, shelter, rental programs, and more. The location offers a wide variety of community and social services for the low income, elderly, and seniors. 2700 Middleburg Dr, Suite 213, Columbia, South Carolina 29204, call 803-771-9404

Lexington Interfaith Community Service (LICS) – Tenants in a crisis may qualify for help with rent. Call 803.957.6656.




God’s Helping Hands may offer services for qualified residents in Cayce and West Columbia South Carolina. The charity offers offers rental assistance, lodging, and more. A DSS referral is required for return visits to this non-profit. 919 Holland Avenue, Cayce, SC 29033, phone (803) 791-4167

Family Services Center, Inc. offers multiple programs. Dial 803-733-5450 or stop by their office at 2712 Middleburg Drive, Columbia, SC 29204.

Catholic Charities of the Midlands – Phone (803) 399-9654. The faith based agency helps the homeless, single mothers, veterans, immigrants, and others. Rent, food, furniture for a new home or apartment, and other financial aid may be offered for housing needs. The address is 809 Calhoun St, Columbia, SC 29201.

Cooperative Ministries – Location 1911 Harden St, Columbia. Dial 803-799-3853. Crisis Assistance can include emergency, immediate funds to pay rent to stop an eviction, rehousing/deposit help, case management and other support. Call for housing, food, rent help, and other aid and advice.

God's Storehouse – Dial 803-691-1622. Applicants need to live in the Richland zip codes of 29016, 29045, 29203-4, 29002, 29206, 29223, or 29229. there may be small dollars of funding to pay rent, a mortgage, or related bills from 1731 Risley Rd, Columbia, SC 29223.

Richland County United Way rental assistance programs and referrals can be reached at 803-733-7312. They only offer referrals and information. They offer referrals and support to local assistance programs. Find additional rental assistance.

The American Legion Department of South Carolina is located in Irmo, South Carolina. Call (803) 612-1171. A Temporary Financial Assistance Program is administered at the national level, however people can apply here.

Christian Assistance Bridge - Location is 126 Blythewood Road, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016. Call (803) 786-1903. Applicants for rent or housing assistance need to have a Social Security card, meet income limits and picture I.D.. Any type of help is limited. Whether shelter, gas bill help, moving assistance, or loans for rent, resources are limited..





Wateree Community Action Council – Telephone 803-786-4250 and address is 3220 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204. Or dial  (803) 353-3822 x100. In addition to housing, rent, and homeless prevention, also has job services and career counseling. A leading non-profit for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing, whether federal grants from ESG for rent or storage costs or other housing support. There is also an office in 1915 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204 (phone (803) 807-9811). Or read more on rent help from Watertree community action.

Columbia St. Vincent De Paul - Financial assistance for paying rent and housing can be applied for over the phone. Funds are very limited and can help prevent evictions. Call (803) 254-7646 on Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. In some cases a forgivable loan may be issued for housing or rental assistance. You may receive a message indicating the availability of funds.

South Carolina Legal Services provides free legal aid to those facing eviction or tenants behind on their rent. Richland low income families and seniors can get advice from lawyers on housing issues and even homeless prevention services. 2109 Bull St., Columbia, South Carolina 29201, (803) 799-9668

Rapid Rehousing, Rent Gtants and Eviction Prevention services, using federal grants, help tenants in Richland County. Funds may be used to provide motel vouchers, pay back rent, or deposits. The homeless prevention programs also combine legal aid and case management, along with emergency rental assistance, to help working poor families. More on Richland County and Columbia eviction help.

Richland County Veterans Affairs can provide government benefits assistance, offer help to homeless veterans, referrals, and information on government grants. One available by referrals or partners in the county is SSVF, and it for paying rent or a security deposit. Transitional housing, food, and case management is for clients too. The office is based in Columbia. Call (803) 576-1906

Pilgrim's Inn offers emergency rental assistance, including loans, as part of Homeless Prevention and Re-Housing Program. Other programs include transitional or low income housing, energy bill assistance, motel voucher, and one time grants for back rent. Call (803) 327-3430 for intake.

Carolina Community Action has an office in Fairfield at 400 South Congress St., Winnsboro, SC 29180. Telephone (803) 635-3606. Resources offered include Home Maintenance and Minor Repair Services, Rent Payment Assistance, and more.

Cooperative Ministry offers rent help in the form of Homeless Financial Assistance Programs. There is also Energy Assistance, money for deposits and more. 3821 W Beltline, Columbia, SC 29204, phone (803) 799-3853

Columbia Housing Authority – Programs available here include section 8 housing vouchers, low income/subsidized rental housing, subsidized home purchase loans, and First Time Buying Programs. There may also be emergency section 8 rent subsidies too. Stop by 1917 Harden St. in Columbia, or call (803) 254-3886 for information.

Sharing God's Love can provide financial help to renters in Irmo (Richland County section) The address is 147 Friarsgate Blvd, Irmo, SC 29063. Financial aid is limited, but there may also be security deposit help, free furniture, resources for singe moms and other housing solutions. Call (803) 732-3188.





Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services - PALSS is for only HIV/AIDS patients - call (803) 779-7257. Main address is 2638 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204. Short term rent or mortgage help may be provided to impacted clients. There is also food, energy bill help, homeless prevention resources and more.

Richland County South Carolina homeless shelters

Those who were evicted, the homeless, or people looking for short term, transition type housing while they save up for rent can use these centers. Clothes, food, job programs, and support is given. Some focus on veterans or women, including fleeing domestic violence or single moms. Once stabilized, referrals are given to rent deposit and other programs in Richland County.

  • Family Shelter - 2411 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29204, phone 803-771-7040
  • Hannah House - 1726 Sumter St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. Offers transitional housing for women and their children. Call 803-771-4357
  • His House - 764 Meeting St., W Columbia, SC 29169. Provides emergency overnight shelter, rehabilitation services and more. 803-791-0557
  • Oliver Gospel Mission -  1100 Taylor St, Columbia, SC 29201, telephone 803-254-6470
  • St Lawrence Place – Provides short term transitional housing and support services for homeless families and people who were evicted. Location is 2400 Waites Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29204, dial 803-256-3999.
  • Women's Shelter - 3425 N Main St. Phone number is 803-779-4706. This center provides support to women in crisis situations. Housing, life skills, employment and free or reduced priced legal assistance is all provided.


By Jon McNamara

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