Millions in rent, utility assistance available in SC

Coronavirus

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) — Applications are now available for people who need help paying back rent and utilities in South Carolina because of the pandemic.

People who qualify can get up to 12 months of aid for rent or utility bills that date back to March 2020. They can also qualify for up to three months of future rental assistance.

According to the State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing), the SC Stay Plus program will be distributing more than $270 million.

Applicants do have to meet certain qualifications to be approved for assistance, including earning a low-to-moderate income.

Households need to make 80 percent or less than the county median income. For a one-person household, that’s about $46,000 for Beaufort County and less than $30,000 in Hampton and Jasper counties.

Applicants must have been impacted financially by COVID-19 — and face challenges staying in housing, whether they are late on rent or missing payments.

Visit schousing.com or call 803-336-3420 to start the application process.

Seven counties (Anderson, Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Horry, Richland and Spartanburg) are not eligible for SC Stay Plus, as they received direct funding from the U.S. Treasury Department. Residents can visit this link for rental assistance resources.

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