Millions in funds still available for SC rent, utility program

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If you’re behind on rent or utility payments, help is available.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are available right now for those who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and need financial support.

The federally funded SC Stay Plus program is able to help eligible applicants with up to 12 months of late payments dating back to the start of the pandemic.

“We’ve been open for about two weeks and we’ve seen more than 4,000 applications come in which is fantastic,” Chris Winston with SC Housing, which facilitates the program, said. “We’re serving folks in 39 counties who are behind on their rent, utility bills. So, we’re excited about the opportunity to serve those folks, get landlords paid. Many of whom have gone without payments over the past year and help folks with up to 12 months of back rent and utilities, and potentially three months of rent ahead of time.”

Assistance is for households in which one or more individuals meet the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80% of county median income adjusted by family size.
  • Based upon federal requirements, priority will be given to households with an income at or below 50% of the median income and those with an individual who has been unemployed for more than 90 days. Household income can be determined by using income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application.

To apply visit or call their call center at 803-336-3420.

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