We are thrilled to share that the SC Stay Plus emergency COVID-19 rental and utility assistance program is NOW OPEN for applications AND payments are now being processed to landlords.
Eligible applicants may receive up to 12 months of assistance with late rent and/or utility payments dating back to March 13, 2020. The program can also assist individuals and families who have been temporarily or permanently displaced due to COVID-19. SC Stay Plus funds can be used to cover rent and utility deposits, moving expenses, rental fees, and/or application or screening fees related to obtaining another permanent residence. If you have already applied for assistance and have now moved from your residence, you might still be eligible for relocation assistance.
Simply click on this link or call our call center at 1.800.476.0412 to start the application process or notify us of any changes to your rental situation. You will be notified immediately if the initial screening finds you eligible or if additional paperwork is necessary to complete your application.
We are expecting high demand for these funds due to urgent needs of residents. Please attempt to complete the entire application to the best of your ability, as that will speed up the processing time. See the Program Details below for a list of helpful items to have with you.
Even if you do not have any of these documents available, please do not hesitate to apply to the program. Our staff is prepared to assist with the application process, as our goal is to help as many people as possible.
Residents in 39 counties are eligible to participate in the program. The following seven counties received other funding and will provide their own rental assistance programs: Anderson, Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Horry, Richland and Spartanburg – click here for information about these programs.
Please note: If you previously applied for the SC Stay rental assistance program in February 2021, please be aware that you cannot request support from both programs for the same period of back rent. However, you can request assistance for different months.
Assistance is available for households in which one or more individuals meet the following criteria:
Based upon federal requirements, priority will be given to households with an income at or below 50% of the median income and those with an individual who has been unemployed for more than 90 days. Household income can be determined by using income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application.
Funding for the program is made available through the U.S. Department of Treasury's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
To prepare for the launch of SC Stay Plus, applicants can start by gathering the following documentation. Please note: Not all documents are required, and lack of some documents should not discourage applicants from applying.
Applicants should prepare:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a national eviction moratorium through July 31, 2021. But the moratorium does not stop all evictions and does require renters to take action for eviction protection.
Learn more about how the national eviction moratorium from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control may protect you and your family, and find copies of the Declaration that every adult in your household must sign at this Q&A from the NLIHC (also available in Spanish).
If you are looking for immediate help paying your rent, please refer to SC Housing’s list of resources we’ve created for renters.
The South Carolina Emergency Rental Assistance Program Advisory Panel is comprised of the following people:
The role of the Advisory Panel is to review and monitor the implementation and evaluation of the program and funding. Click here to email members of the Advisory Panel.
Advisory Panel meetings will begin at 11:00 am on the second Friday of each month until further notice. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. Please email Sarah.Shinsky@schousing.com for more information.
SC Stay Plus has been created to assist South Carolina households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides payments directly to landlords and utility companies on behalf of affected renters. These funds are made available to South Carolinians under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and South Carolina Act 17 of 2021.
Landlords are required to provide the following information: