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Financial assistance programs in South Carolina.

Get financial assistance, grant money and find free items in all cities and counties in South Carolina listed below, including Charleston and Columbia. Charities, churches, and government assistance programs help with electric bills, rent, transportation, and job training expenses. Or locate free stuff including free food, gas vouchers for work, medical care. Find financial help near you in SC from agencies and programs below.

Qualified low-income families can also get free stuff in SC, which may include everything from a free car to get to a job to a hotel voucher, clothes or bus passes for work. Also find emergency financial help for paying a mortgage, car loan payment assistance and free government grant money to help pay housing costs in South Carolina.

Find programs that help with bills in SC, housing costs, or that give free stuff to low-income families

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - The South Carolina SNAP food stamp program works to help end hunger and improve the health of low income people as well as kids. The state and federal government offers this to helping low-income families, single parents, seniors or disabled buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. To apply for food stamps or an EBT card in SC, dial (888) 549-0820

Mortgage Assistance, and Foreclosure Prevention Resources - There are several different programs and services that homeowners in South Carolina can use to get help with their mortgage. Home loan modifications, forbearance and other FHA support is offered. Government assistance is offered at the state as well as local level. Read more mortgage help in South Carolina.

  • Also, the state has several government certified non-profit agencies that counsel homeowners through difficult times. Many of their services are offered at no cost. More on South Carolina HUD agencies.

ABC Child Care Program - This is the statewide system that was created by South Carolina to deliver low cost or free daycare services under a federally funded grant program. The ABC Child Care Voucher program will make payments to child care providers to care for low-income children. The free or subsidized daycare will allow the parents, including single mothers in SC, the ability to work or go back to school/college. Call (800) 476-0199 or 803-898-2570, or more on child care assistance in South Carolina.

 

 

 

Family Independence Program - Family Independence, or TANF, is a time-limited, cash assistance program that will assist families in need with dependent children. There is free government money for bills when families cannot provide for their basic needs. It can help pay the bills, housing costs, gasoline and other expenses for SC households with kids, including single mom or dad run home.

The main focus of this government assistance program is to assist lower income and struggling families with meeting their basic needs by providing cash grants and financial assistance, supportive services, job training, employment opportunities, and other social services. Call (800) 616-1309

Statewide Rent Assistance - There are a number of local and statewide agencies that offer help for paying rent, housing as well as deposits. Government agencies and charities may assist. There are free government grant programs, funds for charities, and even money for mobile lot rent. Read more on rent assistance in South Carolina.

Social Services and Cash Assistance - The government of South Carolina, through the Department of Social Services, can assist the low income and unemployed. Get help in the form of free food, grants for paying bills, free transportation to a doctor or job interview and job finding services. Read more South Carolina public assistance.

Legal Assistance - Legal Services of South Carolina offers several programs using free or volunteer lawyers. There are resources that will provide state residents with tips, free legal consultations and advice. Find free legal aid in South Carolina.

Crisis Assistance for Bills - If you or your family are faced with an emergency and have no other options available, then the Salvation Army may be able to offer immediate financial help. They have centers across South Carolina, and may have cash assistance for paying bills, rent, housing, medications, hotel rooms and more. Read more Salvation Army SC financial help.

Senior Programs in South Carolina - Residents who are 55 or older can contact the Office of Aging. This non-profit organization administers resources specifically for seniors. Programs include emergency rent, food, transportation, affordable subsidized housing for senior citizens and information on medical or health care. Or apply for Meals on Wheels or free transportation for Medicaid patients in SC. Click here for Agency on Aging and Senior Help in SC.

  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program - This program is run by the South Carolina Housing and Finance Development Authority and it provides rental assistance to low-income seniors age 55 and older. The funds provided are a one time payment. Click here for more on South Carolina emergency rent assistance.

 

 

 

 

Disability Programs in SC - Residents that are disabled, their family members or caregivers can get assistance. Several benefits and government programs provide financial aid, home care, respite, employment, and other support. Or get help applying for disability in SC from a free advocate. Find details on the South Carolina benefits and get information on the disability application process. More on South Carolina disability benefits.

Transitional Housing - Families who were recently or will soon be evicted can benefit from short term housing, free hotel vouchers and case management services in South Carolina. Programs will help people find a job, improve their finances, and locate and move into a new permanent home. Additional details on transitional housing in South Carolina.

Low Income Housing Vouchers - Housing and Urban Development (HUD) section 8 vouchers can be used to pay a portion of a low income families rent or maybe even energy bill costs. There is also expedited section 8 and low cost housing with no waiting list. Programs are also available for the disabled and elderly in South Carolina. Read section 8 housing choice in South Carolina.

Eviction Assistance and Programs for Homeless in South Carolina - Several non-profit organizations, charities and churches specialize in preventing evictions and rehousing. Government grants are used for paying rent. Legal support, case management, and funds for paying security deposit on a new low income apartment in South Carolina are often available. Click more information homeless prevention in South Carolina.

South Carolina Free Pantries and Food Banks - Learn where to turn to get free food, groceries, and other forms of non-financial assistance in the state of South Carolina. Food banks, free drive thru pantries and other centers help tens of thousands per year. Learn more on free food pantries in South Carolina.

Utility, Electric, and Energy Bill Assistance - Most of the utility and electric companies that operate in the state provide emergency grants, free weatherization, and other forms of financial assistance to customers close to a shut-off. Get details on South Carolina utility programs.

Housing and Electric Bill Emergency Assistance - The state distributes federal government grant money and other funds to non-profit agencies, which then use the money to pay for the housing, utilities, food, rent, and other needs of the low income. Read more South Carolina emergency assistance.

South Carolina Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This government assistance program will help elderly, disabled and lower income families in South Carolina with paying their cooling and utility. Or get a free AC unit in South Carolina or repairs to one. Assistance is funded by the federal government, but the program is managed at the state level. Continue with LIHEAP in South Carolina.

Free medical and health care services for the low-income in SC

Free Medical, Dental, and Community Clinics - Various clinics around South Carolina can provide the low income and the uninsured with either free or low cost medical/dental care. Get free medical for patients with no money or income, and dental care is offered as well as medications. More on South Carolina free community clinics.

Dental care is offered at no cost, or on a sliding fee scale, to many low income individuals from clinics, volunteer dentists and centers across South Carolina. Click here free dental clinics in SC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patients that do not have health insurance, or who have limited coverage, may qualify for a number of programs that focus on meeting the needs of the uninsured. Medications, pre-existing conditions, and other conditions may qualify for assistance for paying medical bills. Read more on government assistance such as healthcare for the uninsured in South Carolina.

Debt relief programs, job training and placement, and credit repair help

Debt Reduction and Credit Services - Find a listing of not for profit agencies that can provide credit counseling, debt consolidation loans, and mortgage/housing assistance to state residents. A number of organizations specialize in these credit services. More on South Carolina credit counseling.

Job Programs, Government Grants, and Self-sufficiency - Low-income families can turn to a community action agency for help. The non-profits provide individuals with many services, including job training, counseling, child care, grants for paying bills, housing, and resources such as Head Start. There are also transportation programs, including free cars or gas for low-income households or the unemployed. Read South Carolina community action agencies.

Resources are also focused on the unemployed and those looking to increase their income by gaining new skills. WorkSource Centers offer a number of free services. Get help with a resume, apply for a free desktop computer, a free car and more. Click job programs South Carolina.

Assistance From South Carolina Cities and Counties

Select a city or county in SC below for longer financial resources, charities that give free stuff and more. Families can apply at local agencies for housing, food, rent assistance and other support.

Abbeville County

Aiken County

Allendale County

Anderson County

Bamberg County

Beaufort County

Berkeley County (Moncks Corner)

Calhoun County (Saint Matthews)

 

 

 

 

Charleston County

Chesterfield County

  • Find help in York, Chester, Lancaster, Union and Fairfield Counties. More.

Clarendon County (Manning)

Colleton County (Walterboro)

Darlington County

Dillon County

Dorchester County (St. George)

Edgefield County

Florence County

Georgetown County

Greenville County

Greenwood County

Hampton County

Horry County (Conway)

Kershaw County (Camden)

Lancaster County

Laurens County

Lee County (Bishopville)

Lexington County

Marion County

Marlboro County (Bennettsville)

McCormick County

Newberry County

Oconee County (Walhalla)

Orangeburg County

Pickens County

Richland County (Columbia)

Saluda County

Spartanburg

Sumter County

York County

 

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