Additional help is on the way for Greenville County households struggling to keep up with rent and mortgage payments thanks to a new grant received by United Way of Greenville County.
The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority announced it has awarded United Way more than $2.5 million in federal funds to provide housing assistance to Greenville County applicants impacted by the pandemic. The grant is part of the state’s SC Stay program, which will administer $25 million in federal CARES Act funding to assist households across the state.
“We are honored to be entrusted with the important responsibility of administering these funds in our community,” said Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. “After nearly a year on the ground addressing pandemic-related needs, we know many in Greenville County are hurting. These funds from the SC Stay program address a critical need and our team will be working hard to expedite the process for applicants.”
Applications are now being accepted via schousing.com, or by calling (833) 985-2929. Funding will be available for up to six consecutive months of short-term rental and mortgage assistance for applicants who meet the following requirements:
- Must certify they are eligible and their income is at or below 80 percent of county median ($47,950 for a family of two, or $59,900 for a family of four in Greenville County) income adjusted by family size.
- Must demonstrate that they are unable to pay all or part of the rent or mortgage, or are behind on their rent or mortgage, due to circumstances stemming from the coronavirus. Examples of this include, but are not limited to: Lost wages due to layoff; reduced hours as a result of an employer going out of business or a reduction of staff; or inability to work due to infection with COVID-19 and required quarantine or a quarantine of a family member.
- Must have landlord or lender confirmation of their past-due status and be willing to accept payment on their behalf.
To connect with other housing help and community resources, call United Way’s Greenville County Resource Line at 2-1-1, or 1-866-892-9211.