Medicaid Renewals in South Carolina: Frequently Asked Questions

September 6, 2023

During the pandemic, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare issued a Public Health Emergency (PHE). This meant that no one could be taken off of Medicaid during that time. It has been announced that on May 11, 2023 the PHE will be ending. The state of South Carolina began sending out Medicaid renewal forms beginning…

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South Carolina ABAWDs Returns – What to Know (2023)

August 24, 2023
man helping elder with walker

Summary The Return of ABAWDs On September 1, 2023, almost 30,000 people in South Carolina will be get a letter telling them that they will only be able to get benefits for three months in a three year period unless they comply with an outdated work requirement called Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs). This harsh…

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How Housing Issues Quickly Become Health Issues: Edith’s Story

August 22, 2023

“I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I can’t take a bath. I can’t walk around barefoot. They’re all over my clothes and making me sick.” While having a roof over your head often is a signal of stability, for Edith and her family it’s been anything but that. From bugs to lack of repairs to…

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The Impossible Task of Finding Rent on a Budget: Tonia’s Story

June 26, 2023

“They were passing out evictions like ice cream in South Congaree,” says Tonia. Tonia lives in Richland county – at least, she is trying to.   It was just a couple of years ago when she suddenly was forced to move away from her home on Farrow Road. Desperate for a place to go, she…

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Fighting for Stability in the Coverage Gap: Michelle’s Story

June 13, 2023

“My situation throughout life really has been around substance abuse and mental health,” says Michelle. “I have worked long periods of time, been able to maintain jobs so on and so forth… been able to take care of myself, live on my own, had money, so and on and so forth. But with substance abuse,…

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Maya’s Medicaid Story

May 31, 2023

Maya is an aspiring entrepreneur and mother of three. When we spoke with her, her youngest had just turned 4 months old. Over the years she’s worked many jobs: she was a certified nursing assistant, she worked in hospice care, and she’s done rehabilitation and home health. She found her passion as a bakery assistant…

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How Losing Medicaid Can Lead to Spiraling Decisions

May 18, 2023

Amara recently shared the difficulties she has faced as a tenant facing eviction. As she continued to share her experiences, it became clear that challenges with her landlord were not the only issues that she has had to overcome. From housing to healthcare, a variety of issues often go hand in hand. And for Amara…

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“I wanted to cry so bad. Now I feel I’m stuck.” – Amara’s Housing Story

May 15, 2023

When it comes to being a tenant, sometimes trying to do everything right is not enough. That’s a lesson that Amara* has learned in the hardest of ways.  Amara is a mother of three children, who also often cares for four of her nieces and nephews, since their mother tragically passed away. For more than…

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SC Housing Stories: Helping Residents Facing Eviction | NAACP Housing Navigator Program

February 7, 2023

Welcome to another installment of our South Carolina Housing Stories Project!  Our Housing Justice Organizer, Sloan Wilson (she/her), sat down with Ashley Blas (she/her) and Glynnis Hagins (she/her) to learn more about the NAACP’s Housing Navigator Program in Columbia, SC. This program connects folks in Richland County with legal and financial help with those facing…

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SC Housing Stories: How Small Changes Can Make Big Differences | The Rainy Day Fund

May 9, 2022

Welcome to the first feature in our South Carolina Housing Stories project! In this series, we will be talking with advocates, community members, and more about housing issues in South Carolina and discuss the need for housing investments in our state. For our first story, we sat down with Kieley Sutton, a public defender at…

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