SC Housing authorizes $5 Million for COVID-19 rental assistance

Updated: May. 20, 2020 at 3:24 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina Housing will be providing approximately $5 million in emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide emergency housing assistance on behalf of renters affected by shutdowns, closures, layoffs, reduced work hours, or unpaid leave.

Eligible households could receive up to $1,500, with payments made directly to landlords or management companies. Relief will be provided as a one-time lump sum toward tenants’ rent payments.

The program will be administered through SC Thrive, a statewide nonprofit agency that provides services to individuals and families throughout the state.

To be eligible for program assistance, applicants must be South Carolina residents, have a maximum household income at or below 80% of the area median oncome for the county in which they reside, and provide documentation demonstrating how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their employment or income beginning March 10 or later.

Qualified applicants can apply here.

Income eligibility for each SC county can be found here.

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