SC Housing partners with community groups
for eviction prevention
With the likelihood of evictions on the rise throughout South Carolina,
SC Housing has partnered with a number of community organizations, governmental agencies, businesses and political leaders to increase awareness of the SC Stay Plus rental and utility assistance program and help impacted individuals and families find the help needed to stay in their homes.
Starting in August, several county libraries around the state agreed to host in-person application support centers so local residents could receive help completing applications. These centers opened in several counties where applications were lagging, including Beaufort, Lancaster, Pickens, McCormick, Aiken and Marlboro counties.
In mid-September, clinics were held in Barnwell and Ridgeland to help residents learn about the program and complete applications. Sponsors included the Antioch Education Center, Charleston Law School, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, Nelson Mullins LLP, University of South Carolina School of Law and First Baptist Church Barnwell. Dominion Energy was also on-hand at both clinics to help applicants needing utility help.
Helping SC Housing get the word out about the SC Stay Plus program have been several state and national political leaders. S.C. Rep. Jerry Govan and S.C. Rep. Wendy Brawley invited SC Housing to present to town hall meetings held in Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter counties. And U.S. Rep. Tom Rice met with John Tyler, SC Housing director for housing initiatives and innovation, and shared information about the program in a press release to educate Pee Dee residents.
SC Housing also:
- Joined a Sept. 14 meeting with the Colleton County School District to educate teachers, administrators and support staff about the programs available to those in danger of eviction or already displaced;
- Joined Columbia Housing and Richland County to present an update on the emergency rental assistance programs to landlords; and
- Presented information about the program to the legal services community through a collaboration with Access to Justice.
- Will present on Oct. 4 to the S.C. Association of Clerks of Court and Register of Deeds about the SC Stay Plus rental and utility assistance program.