Community Assistance

Rental Assistance

Help paying rent in Richland County South Carolina.

Resources are available in Columbia South Carolina as well as the greater Richland County region that can provide residents with emergency rental assistance. Programs are in place from non-profit agencies, the local and state government, as well as charities and other organizations. Some of the leading places to call or stop by at for help with paying rent, security deposits, shelter, and other housing needs are below. Furthermore, if your concern is to know the right price per square foot of property, go to to learn more about their commercial lease calculator.

Thousands of families in the Richland County South Carolina region call upon and possibly benefit from these housing resources every year. Money is usually prioritized for those with a crisis, which often means they have an eviction notice or some type of unexpected financial hardship. Funding is always limited and only a small number of families or individuals can normally qualify for aid every year. There are many houses for sale near sun city, a popular place within South Carolina, in which residents may have the option to rent.

However even if the non-profits and/or government programs do not have any cash to offer you for rent, they will oftentimes usually be able to refer people to other national or local services. Many locations also have social workers on site that can help people regain self sufficiency through such assistance as credit counseling, budgeting, and maybe even debt reduction.

The Columbia Salvation Army is located at 2025 Main Street, and is always one of the first places you should call for emergency financial assistance, shelter, and other support. (803) 765-0260. It can offer financial assistance to low income individuals and families who are dealing with financial struggles. Volunteers or case workers can work with people to also ensure a solution is found over the long term to their housing crisis.

South Carolina Association of Community Action is the main central location of this statewide non-profit and they work with other organizations in the region. They have information on, and can provide referrals for, government programs, shelter, rental programs, and more. The location offers a wide variety of community and social services for the low income, elderly, and seniors. 2700 Middleburg Dr, Suite 213, Columbia, South Carolina 29204, call 803-771-9404

Sharing God’s Love
Address – 147 Friarsgate Boulevard, P.O. 1021
Irmo, South Carolina 29063
Call the charity at (803) 732-3188 Covers people in zip codes of 29063, 29210, 29212, or 29006. Applicants for assistance need to have a Social Security card and picture I.D. and any type of help is only offered at most once every three months.

Lexington Interfaith Community Service (LICS) – Tenants in a crisis may qualify for help with rent. Call 803.957.6656.

God’s Helping Hands may offer services for qualified residents in Cayce and West Columbia South Carolina. Offer rental assistance, lodging, and more. A DSS referral is required for return visits to this non-profit. 919 Holland Avenue, Cayce, SC 29033, phone (803) 791-4167

Family Services Center, Inc. offers multiple programs. Dial 803-733-5450 or stop by their office at 1800 Main St.

Additional locations for emergency rental assistance

Catholic Charities of the Midlands – Phone 803-254-9776

Cooperative Ministries – Location 1911 Harden St, Columbia. Dial 803-799-3853

Faith Truth & Hope Ministry – Call 803-750-3130 for housing, food, rent help, and other aid and advice.

God’s Storehouse – Dial 803-691-1622. Applicants need to live in the Richland zip codes of 29016, 29045, 29203-4, 29002, 29206, 29223, or 29229.

Richland County United Way can be reached at 803-733-7312. They only offer referrals and information. They offer referrals and support to local assistance programs. Find additional rental assistance.

Wateree Community Action Council – Telephone 803-786-4250 3220. In addition to housing, rent, and homeless prevention, also has job services and career counseling.

The American Legion Department of South Carolina is located in Irmo, South Carolina. Call (803) 612-1171. A Temporary Financial Assistance Program is administered at the national level, however people can apply here.

Columbia St. Vincent De Paul – Financial assistance for paying rent and housing can be applied for over the phone. Funds are very limited and can help prevent evictions. Call (803) 799-0761 on Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. In some cases a forgivable loan may be issued for housing or rental assistance. You may receive a message indicating the availability of funds.

South Carolina Legal Services provides free legal aid to those facing eviction or tenants behind on their rent. Richland low income families and seniors can get advice from lawyers on housing issues and even homeless prevention services. 2109 Bull St., Columbia, South Carolina 29201, (803) 799-9668

Richland County Veterans Affairs can provide government benefits assistance, offer help to homeless veterans, referrals, and information on government grants. One available by referrals or partners in the county is SSVF, and it for paying rent or a security deposit. Transitional housing, food, and case management is for clients too. The office is based in Columbia. Call (803) 576-1906

Pilgrim’s Inn offers emergency rental assistance, including loans, as part of Homeless Prevention and Re-Housing Program. Other programs include transitional or low income housing, energy bill assistance, motel voucher, and one time grants for back rent. Call (803) 327-3430 for intake.

Carolina Community Action has an office in Fairfield at 400 South Congress St., Winnsboro, SC 29180. Telephone (803) 635-3606. Resources offered include Home Maintenance and Minor Repair Services, Rent Payment Assistance, and more.

Wateree Community Actions, Inc. – Eastover, 117 Henry ST, Eastover, South Carolina 29044, (803) 353-3822 x100

Cooperative Ministry offers Homeless Financial Assistance Programs, Energy Assistance, and more. 3821 W Beltline, Columbia, SC 29204, phone (803) 799-3853

The Blythewood Cooperative Ministry – Call (803) 786-0092

Columbia Housing Authority – Programs available here include section 8 housing vouchers, low income/subsidized rental housing, subsidized home purchase loans, and First Time Buying Programs. Stop by 1917 Harden St. in Columbia, or call (803) 254-3886 for information.

Richland County South Carolina shelters

Those who were evicted, the homeless, or people looking for short term, transition type housing can use these centers.

  • Family Shelter – 2411 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29204, phone 803-771-7040
  • Hannah House – 1726 Sumter St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. Offers transitional housing for women and their children. Call 803-771-4357
  • His House – 764 Meeting St., W Columbia, SC 29169. Provides emergency overnight shelter, rehabilitation services and more. 803-791-0557
  • Oliver Gospel Mission – 1100 Taylor St, Columbia, SC 29201, telephone 803-254-6470
  • St Lawrence Place – Provides short term transitional housing and support services for homeless families and people who were evicted. Location is 2400 Waites Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29204, dial 803-256-3999.
  • Women’s Shelter – 3425 N Main St. Phone number is 803-779-4706. This center provides support to women in crisis situations. Housing, life skills, employment and free or reduced priced legal assistance is all provided.
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