SC Stay Plus program assistance available in Orangeburg

Support staff will be available at the Orangeburg County Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC – The Stay SC Plus The program is back offering rental and utility assistance to people who have struggled financially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Assistance is available for those who are 12 months behind on rent and utilities since March 2020. It also provides up to three additional months of future rent assistance.

“The program is important primarily because it helps residents stay safe in their homes, but also because it keeps our owners whole and empowers them to provide the important service they provide,” said SC housing communications director Chris Winston.

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The program serves 39 counties across the state and is funded by the United States Department of Treasury. This week, in-person support is available for those living in Orangeburg County.

There will be support staff available to guide people through the application process.

“It could be someone who maybe doesn’t have good internet access where they live or work and wants someone to help them upload their documents and information,” said Winston.

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To be eligible, people will need to present identification and documents showing their income, although these documents are not always required.

“A lot of people, especially in rural counties in South Carolina, are reaching our income threshold. So rather than having people struggle to document their income or if they have trouble documenting it, it’s something they can self-certify,” Winston said.

Support staff will be available at Orangeburg County Library 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday.

For more information about the program, call (803) 336-3420.

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