QUALIFICATIONS TO RECEIVE A
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TELEPHONE APPOINTMENT
Do you live within the Columbia city limits and
is your crisis related to COVID-19?
If 'Yes' please click here and begin the application process
If 'No' please continue below
These are the first four steps to financial assistance qualification.
You must be a resident of Richland County, SC.
You must provide evidence
or another source.
You must show
that you are responsible
for paying rent, mortgage,
utilities at your address
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.
All information that you provide to us will be verified. Being less than truthful will prevent you from receiving assistance.
An appointment doesn’t mean you will receive financial assistance.
An appointment can last up to 90 minutes and includes budget counseling.
You will need the following documents on hand when you make your appointment. During the appointment process, you will be asked to upload these documents before your appointment can be confirmed.
State of South Carolina Driver's License or other government-issued photo ID.
Rent or mortgage account statement for the current month.
Utility bills for the current month.
Evidence of your monthly income, such as pay stubs, unemployment award or denial notices, benefit summaries (Social Security, disability, SSI, SNAP), retirement/pension plan distributions, child support notices, or letters from employers.
If you cannot upload your documents using the appointment calendar, you may use one of the following methods to submit your documents.
By hand-delivery or by mail to 3821 West Beltline Blvd. Columbia, SC 29204
or by FAX to (803) 252-8621, Attention: Crisis Assistance
We will check your faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered documents for completeness and contact you to make an appointment or to request additional information if needed.
If you get assistance, the payment goes to a landlord or utility company.
It can take up to 5-7 business days for you to receive assistance.
MISSION FOR THE MIDLANDS
To increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.