Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) assists very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and affordable housing in the private market. Participants choose their own housing. The amount of voucher assistance is determined by a number of factors including total annual gross income and family size. Depending on annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, SC Housing provides up to 2000 vouchers in seven counties: Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee and Lexington.

For a list of all SC Public Housing Agencies and their jurisdictions please see the HUD Public Housing Authority Contact Information.

How do I apply for a waiting list?
The Housing Choice Vouchers Program waiting list for Kershaw County will open effective April 22, 2019 through April 26, 2019, to all interested applicants.

The waiting lists for Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Lee and Lexington Counties will remain closed until further notice due to the number of applicants currently on the waiting list and the amount of time it is taking to assist those families.

Apply Online
This is the quickest and easiest way to apply to the Waiting List. Applications may be completed online beginning 8:00 a.m. April 22, 2019 to 5:00 p.m. April 26, 2019.

Request Paper Application by Phone
You can request an application by phone at 1.866.701.0314 or 803.896.9153 ONLY from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from April 22, 2019 to April 26, 2019. You must speak with a staff member as you are unable to leave a voicemail message.

Request Paper Application by Mail
Applications may also be requested by mail by sending a written request to SC Housing, ATTN: Waiting List, 300-C Outlet Pointe Blvd, Columbia, SC 29210.

Please include your full name, complete mailing address including apartment number and zip code, signature and date. Requests must be postmarked between April 22, 2019 and April 26, 2019.

SC Housing is unable to accommodate walk-in requests.

How long is the waiting list?
SC Housing's goal is to offer rental assistance to applicants within 24 months of application. However, due to the large number of applicants on the waiting list, and HUD funding, we are unable to predict exactly when you will receive an offer of rental assistance. It is currently taking three to five years to offer assistance to a family on the waiting list. Unfortunately, there is no emergency assistance.

Questions and Address Changes:
If you are currently on the waiting list and want to check the status of your application, please call 803.896.8888.

How to update existing application?
Updates to your existing applications must be made in writing to SC Housing. If you do not update your mailing address with SC Housing when it changes, you may miss important information and your name may be removed from the waiting list. Telephone requests to change your application are not accepted. Please submit all address changes via mail, fax or email to:

SC Housing Voucher Program
300-C Outlet Point Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210
Fax: 803.551.4998
Email: voucher@schousing.com

General Voucher Program information may be obtained by calling 803.896.8888 or on the HUD Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet.

HCVP Standards & Allowances
HCVP Administrative and Annual Plans
HCVP Participant Handbook
HCVP Owner/Agent