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Important information for People on Social Security, Survivor or Disability, Railroad Retirement Benefits, VA benefits, and SSI Recipients

April 21, 2020

If you have dependent children and get Social Security Survivor or disability Or Railroad Retirement Benefits You have until Noon on Wednesday April 22 to go online to get the $500 stimulus payment for each child. If you miss this deadline you can register your children with the new non-filer tool at irs.gov.   You will still…

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Important Information: South Carolina Supreme Court Reschedules Evictions Between March 17 and March 31

March 18, 2020

On March 17th, the South Carolina Supreme Court  issued an order about evictions. All evictions scheduled between March 17, 2020 and March 31, 2020 will be rescheduled sometime after April 30, 2020.  The court is allowing case-by-case exceptions for matters involving essential services and/or harm to persons or property, so some evictions may still go…

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Public Charge: What You Should Know

February 19, 2020

Versión en español Below are some informational slides provided by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Public Charge goes into affect on Monday, February 24:

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Student Participation in School Breakfast Declined in South Carolina Last Year

February 14, 2020

South Carolina remains in the top 15 states for participation by schools Columbia, SC–The number of low-income students who participated in the School Breakfast Program in South Carolina decreased last year, according to the annual School Breakfast Scorecard released yesterday by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The scorecard compares the rate of participation of low-income…

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The 2020 Public Charge Rule: What South Carolina’s Immigrant Families Need to Know

January 30, 2020

Puede encontrar una versión en español de esta publicación aquí. Note: this post was last updated March 3, 2020. As of February 24, 2020, the new public charge rule is in effect.  Here’s what immigrant families in South Carolina need to know about the new public charge rule: What is “Public Charge”? The “public charge…

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SC Appleseed Statement On Supreme Court Lifting Public Charge Injunction

January 27, 2020

South Carolina Appleseed is disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to allow the Administration’s public charge rule to go into effect before Federal Courts have decided whether the rule itself is lawful. This rule has already had devastating and permanent impacts on the health and well-being of immigrant and mixed status families in…

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Come To Your Census in 2020

January 21, 2020

We need your help to identify 40-50 community leaders that will help identify what needs to be done to get a complete count of South Carolina! Strategy Session Dates: Registration will start at 9:45am. Sessions will run from 10:00am-2:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Stipends are available to assist with transportation, child care, and/or to assist…

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Statement: Court of Appeal Ruling on Affordable Care Act Will Cause Tremendous Harm

December 20, 2019

Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, partially affirmed a ruling from a lower court that declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. This ruling, which will no doubt be appealed to the Supreme Court, continues the governments’ siege on healthcare for people with low incomes. If this decision is ultimately…

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Statement: SC Appleseed Opposes South Carolina’s Harmful and Illegal Work Requirements for Medicaid

December 12, 2019

Today, Governor McMaster announced that South Carolina will implement work requirements for working poor parents participating in the state’s Medicaid program. The governor justifies these requirements based on the false belief that work causes people to be healthy, so people should lose their health insurance unless they are employed.  Work requirements are ineffective, harmful and…

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How SC Appleseed is Fighting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

December 11, 2019

There is an interesting trend in South Carolina schools. During the months of July, August, and September, juvenile referrals to the Department of Juvenile Justice are typically at their lowest. However, once students get settled in school, the number of referrals spike. Here are two charts illustrating this troubling trend for the last two full…

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