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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR RENT OR UTILITIES
Please read below.
 

These are the first four steps to financial assistance qualification.

1

You must be a resident of Richland County, SC.

2

You must provide evidence

of income

from employment

or another source.

3

You must show

that you are responsible

for paying rent, mortgage,

and/or

utilities at your address

4

The assistance you are receiving cannot duplicate the financial assistance that you are seeking or have already received from The Cooperative Ministry, another agency, or a church within the past 12 months. 

For example, if you are seeking help with rent you cannot apply for the same rental help at another organization or received help with rent during the past 12 months.

Next, READ and make sure you UNDERSTAND the following.

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All information that you provide to us will be verified. Being less than truthful will prevent you from receiving assistance.

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Meeting with a counselor doesn’t mean you will receive financial assistance.

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An appointment can last up to 90 minutes and includes budget counseling.

You must bring the follow documents to the appointment.

  1. Government-issued photo ID for each adult member of the household

  2. Social security card for applicant and social security numbers (last 4) for all household members

  3. Renters—

    1. Lease verifying applicant’s address and responsibility for the rent

    2. Current rent account statement showing monthly charges, payments, and balance due

    3. Landlord’s telephone number and email address

    4. Copies of current utility bills for essential services—water, sewer, electric, gas, garbage

  4. Homeowners—

    1. Current mortgage account statement

    2. Copies of current utility bills for essential services—water, sewer, electric, gas, garbage

  5. Proof of income

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If you get assistance, the payment goes to a landlord or utility company.

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If approved, it can take up to 5-7 business days for a payment to arrive.

Ready?

Bring your documentation (above) to

The Cooperative Ministry, 3821 W. Beltline Blvd., Columbia 29204

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

No appointment is necessary, but plan to wait.

Due to COVID-19, our lobby occupancy is limited to three clients.

Prefer an appointment?

Click below regarding availability.

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 MISSION FOR THE MIDLANDS

 

To increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.