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Spartanburg County assistance programs.

A low to moderate income family can get financial help for their bills, rent, nutritional needs and so much more. There are non-profit organizations, churches, government assistance programs and charities in Spartanburg County that offer help with paying housing costs, including rent or mortgages. There is free food from pantries, home care for the elderly or disabled, free school supplies or groceries, child care, and much more.

Many other resources also help the less fortunate in the Spartanburg area. Families can learn about services such as free Christmas toys for their kids or low cost loans for paying bills. Or access job training, transportation, or find out about applying for public assistance.

Help with paying rent, security deposits, and utilities

A leading agency to call in Spartanburg County is the Piedmont Community Action Agency. The non-profit offers information, referrals and other support that can help provide residents access to a variety of assistance programs.

The organization, which can be reached at 864-585-8183, offers a number of resources from the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG). Among some of the services that may be available include housing and apartments for seniors, utility bill help from federally funded the low income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) and much more. The organization also tries to help people overcome poverty and may have information on tools to help in that capacity. This can include job training and even offers details credit repair programs and credit maintenance services. Find other ways to get help with debt.

There will be grants and funds also being provided and offered by local charities as well as other local organizations, such as the United Way. You can contact them for additional information.Referrals will often be given.




Housing assistance programs

In addition to the aid mentioned above, Spartanburg County will receive additional; government funds as a result of HUD's Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. This additional money is will help those families who are faced with facing evictions or a foreclosure because of the weak economy. In addition, if someone is already homeless, it is expected to re-house low income families and individuals who are currently homeless.

The Upstate Homeless Coalition will be the lead agency. The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Assistance Program will provide three to 18 months' short or long term rental assistance to people who are faced with losing their home. The grants can also be used for a variety of reasons, including help pay security and utility deposits, electric bill payments, and even for hotel costs. Call the agency at (864) 241-0462.

People faced with eviction or who are struggling with paying their rent or security deposits have several government programs and charities that may offer rent help. Find a listing of Spartanburg rental assistance programs and agencies.

Food assistance

Church Builders Food Ministry is one agency that distributes free food, groceries, and other items to households facing a crisis. Several churches have partnered together to offer this program. Call the agency at (864) 542-2895. Click here for more information on SNAP and food stamps.





Churches and free charity based food programs - When facing a crisis, many charity type organizations will provide free groceries and emergency nutritional support services. If someone is ill or homebound, then Meals on Wheels in Spartanburg County may address that need. There are many non-profits food pantries as well as soup kitchens to try as well as government aid, such as SNAP food stamps, and continue reading on free food pantries in Spartanburg County.

Free HUD approved foreclosure counseling

If you behind on your mortgage or facing a foreclosure, Compass of Carolina Consumer Credit Counseling ((864) 467-3434) is one non profit housing counseling agency that may be able to help. The homeowner can work one on one with a housing counselor to explore all alternatives to a foreclosure filing, and help the homeowner modify their home loan. Learn more on South Carolina mortgage programs.

Debt management and assistance plans

Thousands of local families are hurting in this weak economy, and Compass of Carolina Consumer Credit Counseling offers consumers many different debt management and reduction programs. A credit counselor will work with the individual to discuss debt management plans, settlement programs, and other ways for them to get out of financial challenges. They can even discuss debt arbitration. Click here to learn more. Dial 864 467-3434.

Dental assistance programs

Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg is a partnership of local dentists who have joined together to provide local children with assistance. Youth in the upstate region can get free dental care, cleanings, and other services. Dial 864-592-4696. Or, for more support, locate dental clinics near you.

General assistance

Salvation Army of Spartanburg provides financial assistance, and several other resources to help people make it through a difficult period. Get housing (rent or mortgage) assistance and transitional housing, character building programs for youth, senior programs, and help for paying bills. There are also free clothes, Christmas toys, furniture, and yearly back to school supply events. Call the Salvation Army at 864.576.6670. Read more on Salvation Army programs in Spartanburg.

Greer Relief and Resources Agency offers the following. Utility and electric bill payment assistance is available for people who have received a disconnection notice. An on site food pantry can provide emergency food, and vouchers are also available. Prescription medication expense assistance is for qualified low income and uninsured clients who are in need of help, and they may qualify for partial assistance for their medications.





In the Spartanburg area, housing aid, in the form of rent and mortgage assistance can also be provide. Clients who have received an eviction notice or foreclosure filing may qualify for partial assistance with rent/mortgage payments. Other services include the possibility of gasoline vouchers or used cars, and they run many holiday programs. Call (864) 848-5355, or read more on Greer Relief and Resources Agency assistance programs.

Helping Hands of Woodruff South Carolina ((864) 476-2401) is a non-profit agency that provides emergency financial assistance with paying for heating and electric bills, access to a clothing closet, free food, heating bill program November - April (kerosene, 8:00am Wednesdays), rent help, prescription medicine and drugs and utilities. They also direct people to financial assistance programs from banks such as Wachovia and Wells Fargo assistance.

Greater Spartanburg Ministries runs a thrift store and provides new or gently used clothing. Other services from GSM include food, household products and items, limited emergency assistance with expenses such as heating or cooling bills and more. There may be small amounts of money in a crisis for mortgage or rent payments and other utility bill help. Call (864) 585-9371, or learn more Greater Spartanburg Ministries financial assistance programs.

T.O.T.A.L. Ministries helps with the following - Food, clothing, life-sustaining prescriptions, and limited funds for rent or mortgages. Dial (864) 585-9167

Piedmont Community Action Agency. Numerous assistance programs are offered, including job counseling, basic computer training, case management, and limited emergency financial assistance. The non-profit can also help with energy bill assistance, including  LIHEAP and weatherization. Other resources in Spartanburg County from PCA include the government Head Start program, rent and mortgage payment assistance, senior low-income housing complexes, and life skills training. Spartanburg South Carolina. Call (864) 585-8183, or click more details on help from Piedmont Community Action Agency.

The Spartanburg County area is evolving when it comes to needed job skills. Therefore there are free employment and career building programs. Whether unemployed, or just seeking new skills, there are many resources offered. As an example, learn about free computer coding classes.

Urban League of the Upstate - Spartanburg Office offers numerous services for African Americans and the working poor. Programs administered job-training services in office management and computer technology skills. A resource known as career link provides job seekers employment counseling, employability assessment, and assistance with job search. Job readiness workshops, resume writing, and GED classes are offered. Also the agency provides one-time per year rental or mortgage assistance and utility assistance for those in need of help. Call (864) 562-4400, or learn more on Urban League of Upstate SC.





The league is part of the nationwide organization. So they coordinate with them as well. Job seekers may be referred to the Business and Technology Center for employability training. Housing and Supportive Services is a government HUD approved housing counseling program. For more information on what is offered nationally, read more on the Urban League.

Operation Hope – The local charity type organization provides crisis counseling, very limited amounts of emergency financial assistance for medications and utilities, clothing assistance, food, and a thrift store.

In some cases, free items are given. This may be everything from free cribs for new parents to beds, hygiene supplies, kitchen utensils and so much more. The address is 206 East Rutherford St., Landrum, South Carolina 29356, dial (864) 457-2812

Spartanburg Butterfly is a region non-profit. Case managers can help families with applying for SNAP food stamps, SSI disability, or loans for school expenses from the Benefit Bank. They also operate transitional housing and can offer eviction prevention advice. Other services in Spartanburg include home repairs for seniors, job training, and case management. Learn more on Butterly Foundation assistance programs.

Catholic Charities of the Piedmont - Churches and volunteers partner together to help the less fortunate. While not common, in some cases there may be financial aid available for a partial rent, utility bill or security deposit payment. Other resources include Save-a-Smile dental care, ESL classes, and a number of programs on senior citizens on Anderson County. More on resources from Piedmont South Carolina Catholic.

Appalachia Area Agency, which can be reached at 800-925-4077, offers help to residents over the age of 50 and senior citizens. Some assistance is also offered for the disabled. Programs include Meals on Wheels, information on Medicare and Medicaid, education, and health care. The non-profit offers a wide range of services for older adults in Spartanburg County. More on South Carolina senior assistance.

Assistance for tenants and the homeless is also available using state funds. The goal is to both stop evictions and to place people into a permanent home. Partners of this service include the Housing and Urban Development, local lawyers as well as local community action agencies. Click here Spartanburg eviction and rehousing programs.

Free or discounted clothes are available in the upstate South Carolina and Spartanburg region. Some locations may also have perishable items or household goods, furniture, or school supplies or uniforms for students. Vouchers may be provided to families so they can shop for needed items at no cost to them and others can buy their items at a thrift store. Click here free clothes and school supplies in Spartanburg and Greenville area.

Piedmont Care – Services for HIV/AIDs patients and their families in Spartanburg. Resources include limited help for prescriptions, rent and mortgage payments as well as utilities assistance for HIV clients. Other services include advice and resources for prevention, education, intervention, seminars, and referral for support, government health care and outreach services. 101 N Pine St, Suite 200, Spartanburg, SC 29302, phone 582-7773

Energy bills, including summer cooling expenses - Every year about ten non-profit agencies in Spartanburg SC receive cash grants for paying their utility bills. Some of the cash is provided as part of LIHEAP, and other money is paid out to people faced with a crisis situation. Funding is limited, and goes quickly, so do not hesitate to apply. More details on utility bill help in Spartanburg.

Cliffs Residents Outreach – The non-profit agency provides a number of services. They include clothing, medical support, electric bill assistance, dental care, and more. The primary goal of Cliffs Residents Outreach (CRO) is to empower school aged children to learn by providing solutions to obstacles that impede education. Services offered to children in schools near the Cliffs Communities, currently Tigerville, Holly Springs Elementary Schools, Heritage, and Slater-Marietta. 1708 Hwy. 11, Ste. E, Landrum, SCSouth Carolina 29356-9204, (864) 895-5392

Free medical care and health care services in Spartanburg SC

Patients can get free medical and health care from St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic. It is a sliding fee center for the region. The community clinic offers free high quality medical and health care to the underinsured and uninsured Spartanburg County residents without duplicating any medical services that may be already available in the local community.





The medical clinic will help people meet their need for primary medical care, patients can receive access to physician-ordered medications, free prescription drugs, and even pastoral support and patient education. Call them at (864) 542-2273. Or even learn about innovate solutions, such as Christian health share insurance policies.

Learn about legal programs

If you can’t afford an attorney, and need help dealing with a civic legal case, South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) is a non-profit law firm that provides a wide variety of free legal services and consultations. They can provide free legal foreclosure advice, advise a consumer on their rights in dealing with utility disconnections, and domestic matters, among other cases. Call them at 888-346-5592, or learn more about free South Carolina legal programs.

By Jon McNamara

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