SC Stay Plus Offers Housing, Utility Assistance

Daniel Prince

Union NAACP assisting residents with applying for program

SC Stay Plus is offering COVID-19 housing assistance for those who may be late on their rent and utilities. The program can help with 12 months of back rent brought on by COVID-19-related financial instability, up to three months of future rental assistance for those at risk of homelessness or eviction, and utility assistance paid directly to the utility companies for past-due utility and energy costs.

The Union County Branch of the NAACP is offering assistance in applying for SC Stay Plus. You can apply in person at the County Complex Building at 103 West Main Street six days this month. They will be there this Friday, October 15, from 1-6 p.m., and this Saturday, October 16, from 10-3. They will again be available Monday, October 18, from 1-6; Friday, October 22, from 1-6; Saturday, October 23, from 10-3; and Saturday, October 30, from 10-3. If you have questions, call the SC Stay Plus Call Center at 803-336-3420 or email scstayplus@schousing.com.

The SC Stay Plus program is a $272 million federally funded program designed to help renters in 39 counties stay safely in their homes during the pandemic. They provide payments directly to landlords and utility companies to bring people current. If they are already out of their home, people can receive relocation assistance for moving costs, hotel/motel expenses, and move-in costs. Unplanned fees and legal fees are also covered. When applying, be sure to bring a valid ID, some record to show lease, lease arrangements, or payments to landlord, and proof of income, such as pay stubs or tax documents.

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