Last Updated on February 28, 2022 by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt
These are services offered by the state, federal government, and local agencies that provide assistance to those in need.
Assistance in South Carolina
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for single mothers
The SNAP provides food assistance to low-income individuals, single mothers, and families through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card. The card’s benefits supplement your food budget and help you buy more nutritious food for you and your family. Start your application online or call 800-616-1309 the SNAP hotline for immediate assistance.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits give temporary financial assistance to those unemployed and it isn’t their fault. Visit their website or call 866-831-1724 to learn more.
South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Weatherization Assistance Program gives low-income families and single mothers especially those with seniors, disabilities, and minor children, a chance to improve their home’s energy efficiency and safety. The program helps reduce energy consumption by making changes and repairs after conducting an energy audit. Call (803) 734-066 to learn more and visit this page to contact a community action agency.
The South Carolina Legal Service (SCLS), a non-profit organization federally funded by Legal Services Corporation, the South Carolina Bar Foundation, local United Ways, state court filing fees, and other federal, state, and local funding. The SCLS provides free legal services to low-income residents and help them gain full and fair access to justice. Visit this page to locate an office or call 888-346-5592 or 803-744-9430.
Shelter for Homeless Families
The Family shelter aims to provide emergency shelter to homeless children and parents aiming to lead a path to self-sufficiency. The shelter can accommodate 15 families for as long as 120 days, however, an extended stay may occur depending on room availability. Two to Four family members are provided with a dorm-like environment with one furnished room and a hall-access bathroom. Families are provided three meals a day and afternoon snacks. Children living in the shelter must be attending school or enrolled in daycare due to their parents’ requirements. Parents are required to work, attend job training, seek housing and employment, or attend social service appointments during Mondays through Fridays from 9 am-3 pm. Visit their website or call 803-771-7040 to learn more.
Shelter Address: 2411 Two Notch Road, Columbia, South Carolina