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What The Latest COVID Relief Bill Includes

December 21, 2020

En Espanol This week, congress agreed to pass another COVID relief bill. Here’s what the bill entails for SNAP, Unemployment, Stimulus Payments, and Housing Assistance. If you are being threatened with eviction, you must fill out this form, certifying you cannot pay rent due to the pandemic and give the completed form to your landlord…

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We Must Stop Cuts to 2021 VOCA Spending.

December 3, 2020

South Carolina Appleseed is alarmed with the proposed radical decrease (approx. 40%) in the VOCA (Violence Against Crimes Act) cap proposed in the Senate’s FY21 spending bill and coinciding lack of an urgently-needed VOCA legislative fix. The proposed cuts would be devastating for agencies that serve the needs for communities of color, immigrant communities, and communities living…

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Statement: Wellshire Financial Services and Other High-Cost lenders Must Return Any Money Received From Federal Program

November 24, 2020

Federal and State Lawmakers Must Also Reform Payday and Auto-Title Lending Laws. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Wellshire Financial Services, an empire of auto title lending entities, secured a $25 million low-interest loan from the federal government’s pandemic program. They were able to do this because of a loophole in the program, even…

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Why The CDC’s Eviction Moratorium Isn’t Enough To Stop The Eviction Crisis During The Pandemic

November 16, 2020

Back in September, the CDC determined that mass eviction due to the COVID-19 economic crisis would exacerbate its spread. The agency, along with the executive office, issued a nation-wide moratorium on evictions, running from September 4, 2020 to the end of the year. To be protected from eviction, tenants who are unable to make rent…

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Southerners in Eight States Unite to Fight for Medicaid Expansion

September 23, 2020

As South Carolina and the rest of the country faces the worst public health and economic crisis in decades, Southerners in eight non-expansion states are uniting for the first time ever, to demand affordable healthcare for our essential workers, communities of color and rural hospitals.    The newly formed Southerners for Medicaid Expansion coalition will…

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DACA FAQ (12/7/2020)

September 15, 2020

en español What is DACA? Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, is a program that gives protection from deportation to young immigrants who came to the US as children and meet certain requirements but has to be renewed every year and pay a fee. Who can apply for DACA status? You can…

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CDC Eviction Moratorium FAQ

September 3, 2020

En Espanol On September 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued an Order putting a temporary hold on evictions to help stop further spread of COVID-19. The order began on September 4, 2020 and has been extended through January 31, 2020. IMPORTANT This eviction hold is not automatic! You will need…

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SC Appleseed Awarded Grants From Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to Continue Social Justice, Racial Equity Work Spanning Over Forty Years

August 19, 2020

Columbia, SC—South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center was named among 18 organizations across South Carolina who received employee-directed grants from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to continue social justice and racial equity projects with statewide impact.  In total, SC Appleseed received $30,000, with $20,000 from Duke Energy and the additional $10,000 from Piedmont Natural…

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Public Charge Rule Blocked Nationwide by Two Federal Court Injunctions

August 4, 2020

En Español On July 29, 2020, a federal court issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s “public charge” rules, recognizing the rules threaten public health during COVID-19 because they make immigrant families fearful to access testing, treatment, and other resources their families need to stay healthy. This court order prevents the Department of…

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Statement: SC Appleseed Opposes DHS’s Gutting of DACA

July 30, 2020

Yesterday, in yet another attack against the security of young immigrants in this country, the Trump Administration took the next steps in its years long quest to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. In response to the June 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that the administration’s 2017 rescission of DACA was…

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