SC Housing Assistance Resources – Eviction Moratorium Ended
On August 26, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote to end the Eviction Moratorium that was originally set to end on October 3rd. This means that all protections from the moratorium have been eliminated.
“We are disappointed that the stay has been lifted and implore the Governor and Legislature to take immediate action by encouraging the landlord community to work with tenants as they are trying to access the rental assistance funds, and go a step further and reconvene to issue a stay during these very dangerous times.” – Sue Berkowitz, Director of SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
If you are in need housing assistance, please see the following resources:
Apply for the SC Stay Plus Program for assistance.
You can apply at https://schousing.com/Home/SC-Stay-Plus or call 803-336-3420 (or 1-800-476-0412). The number is available for assistance from 8 AM to 9 PM to help with applications and talk to you about the program.
Not all of the documentation is required to apply for the program, but if possible it will help to process to gather the follow: photos or scans of your photo identification (driver’s license or passport), a copy of your signed lease or proof of rent payments, and a 2020 Federal Tax Return or a recent pay stub from the last 60 days.
Please find additional resources in the following counties:
Belton Interfaith Ministries
Clemson Community Care
Piedmont Emergency Relief
Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda County
GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission
Connect with a Housing Navigator
A program through the SC NAACP, housing navigators offer free help with problems like rent, eviction, and landlords.
Connect with one here: https://navigator.scnaacp.org/
Contact a legal aid attorney
A legal aid attorney will be able to provide further guidance on what you should do next based on your current situation. If you need legal representation and are low income, please call South Carolina Legal Services intake at 1-888-346-5592 to inquire about pro bono legal assistance for your legal matter.
If you are in the Charleston area, connect with Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services: Apply for help here: https://cpb.kempscaseworks.com/app/ or call 843-853-6456. If you are in the Beaufort, Jasper, or Hampton area you can also connect with Lowcountry Legal Volunteers at 843-815-1570.
You may also wish to call the SC Bar Lawyer Referral Line at 803-799-7100 to hire an attorney.
As the situation evolves, we will continue to update with new resources and information when it becomes available.