South Carolina eviction prevention and homeless assistance programs.

A diverse group of non-profits and charities in South Carolina can be called about for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services. While most organizations in the state want to help reduce or stop evictions or foreclosures, these particular agencies will be some of the leading organizations. Resources offered range from direct financial aid to pay rent or other housing expenses to rehousing. They may also have funds to assist with moving costs or the security deposit on a new, low income housing unit.

While the state and the various social service agencies listed below try to take a pro-active approach to prevent homelessness, for those that need a place to live they will also try to rehouse those individuals or families. The resources involved in doing this will include emergency shelters, transitional housing, and then assistance in locating permanent housing.

Throughout this process case managers will work with the client on job placement, financial literacy, and other support services. Also, in many cases, those seeking a new affordable apartment or home can often get limited help with paying for resettlement, such as first month’s rent or the deposit fee.

Most of the non-profits rely on government grants, private donations, or the CSBG funds. In some cases, the homeless prevention programs in South Carolina can also help homeowners as well. Some of the agencies will coordinate foreclosure counseling or mortgage delinquency programs, often in partnership with regional non-profit HUD approved agencies.

In general, in order to receive any type of emergency rent assistance or eviction prevention, the applicant needs to be very low income and they need to have an eviction notice. Or homeowners of course would need to have a foreclosure filing in process. The cause of the hardship also can’t have been created by the applicant and it needs to have been caused by something out of their control. The intent of these programs is not to provide long term, never ending financial support.

A number of other homeless prevention programs are also available in the state of South Carolina. Some are administered by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and others are operated by charities. They can both stop evictions as well as even foreclosure. Find a listing of housing assistance programs.





Many of the agencies will also coordinate landlord / tenant mediation. Or they will communicate with your mortgage lender. This can include support or referrals to pro-bono legal firms in South Carolina. Having the support of an attorney and any free aid they can provide is very effective at preventing evictions or foreclosures.

All resources, in particular cash assistance, is very limited. the Housing and Urban Development Agency provides much of the funding. So while the non-profits or charities in South Carolina will try to help everyone, in reality that is not possible. The demand for support is very high and grants will usually run out and other applicants just won’t qualify. Priority for any financial assistance, even including loans, is for seniors, the disabled, and households with young children. They also need to be on the path to financial self-sufficiency.

Any payments made will go directly to landlords or the creditor. In some cases, the non-profit will issue a loan to the landlord or apartment manager. The application process does take time, so plan accordingly.

The currently homeless can explore shelters and transitional living centers across South Carolina. They will help stabilize their living situation will they attend case management, such as financial workshops, job training, and career counseling sessions.

Once the client is stabilized, a social worker from the non-profit will help them find a low income apartment to live in or some other lodging. They will also usually explore the current waiting list for HUD section 8 housing vouchers. Occasionally there may be some funds offered to pay some of the security deposit or a portion of the rent on the new home, but this will be limited. If needed, finding additional information on short term transitional housing locations.

Agencies for rehousing and eviction prevention

Some of the non-profits, charities, and community action agencies in South Carolina to call on are below. Many participated in the formal federal government homeless prevention and repaid rehousing program. If a center is not in your town or city, some agencies will offer referrals.

Crisis Ministries
Location is 573 Meeting St.
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
Telephone - 843-723-9477
As the name implies, the non-profit can help in an emergency. Money may be issued for a partial first month rent payment, and they also have referrals to housing and other social services.




Darlington County Community Action Agency
Address: 904 S. Fourth St.
Hartsville, SC 29550

Family Services
4925 Lacross Road #215
N. Charleston, South Carolina 29406
Telephone: 843-735-7808

Hope in Lancaster, Inc.
2008 Pageland Highway
Lancaster, SC 29720
Main phone number is 803-286-4673

Humanities Foundation
Main address: 474 Wando Park Blvd. Suite 102
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Laurens County SAFE Home
Telephone - 866-598-5932

Lighthouse Ministries
201 E. Elm St.
Florence, SC 29506





Homeless prevention programs in South Carolina

Tenants of certain counties have the ability to get help from other local programs. A combination of government grants and funds from charities can help with security deposits, rent due to a landlord, and other resources for stopping an eviction.

Low Country Community Action Agency, Inc.
319 Washington St.
Walterboro, South Carolina 29488
Telephone: 843-549-5579
Everything from help for rental or utility deposits is offered to families, including those with children, facing homelessness. Other aid may be landlord - tenant mediation and case management.

OCAB Community Action Agency, Inc
1822 Joe S. Jeffords Highway
Orangeburg, SC 29115

Upstate Homeless Coalition of SC
Address: 150 Executive Center Drive, Suite 212
Greenville, SC 29615
Main phone - 864-770-0704
They partner with charities and churches across South Carolina to coordinate services. They may have information on shelters, transitional housing for single parents, and other rent or housing programs.

Pee Dee Community Action Partnership
2685 S. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29505

Pilgrims Inn, Inc.
Address: 236 W.  Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Telephone - 803-327-4227

The Access Network, Inc.
Main address: 5710 N. Okatie Highway, Suite B.
Ridgeland, SC 29936





Wateree Community
Location is 13 S. Main St.
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
Telephone: 803-775-4354
Low income senior citizens, the disabled, and others that are struggling, such as the unemployed, can explore loan or other funding from the non-profit. The goal is on rehousing and stopping evictions.

Salvation Army – Columbia
2025 Main St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Residents facing an eviction can call for assistance or referrals.

Salvation Army – Greenville
417 Rutherford St.
Greenville, SC 29609
Telephone - 864-235-4803

The Cooperative Ministry
3821 W. Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina 29204
803-799-3853 ext. 111
Using government grants, tenants with a pay or quit notice can apply for funds. There is assistance, or referrals, for unpaid utility bills if it could lead to an eviction, and the homeless that are stable can inquire into security deposit assistance.

The Samaritan House of Orangeburg, Inc.
Main address - 1580 Middleton St.
Orangeburg, SC 29115
For information, dial 803-516-0088

United Way of Kershaw County
110 E. Dekalb St.
Camden, SC 29201

By Jon McNamara

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