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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Aiken/Barnwell/Lexington Community Action Commission, Inc.
Mailing address – P.O. Box 2066
Aiken, South Carolina 29802-2066
Some of what the non-profit commission offers includes information on LIHEAP, eviction prevention, applications for government benefits such as SNAP food stamps and other support.
Call the Aiken/Barnwell Community Action Commission Agency at (803) 648-6836. Their main office is also at 650 Knox Abbot Dr Cayce, SC 29033 or 291 Beaufort Street, Aiken, South Carolina, 29801.
Beaufort-Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission, Inc.
1905 Duke Street, Suite 250
Beaufort, SC 29901-0009
Call (843) 255-7223
Referrals, federal government grants, case management and other assistance is offered from the non-profit community action agency.
Carolina Community Actions, Inc.
Location is 234 Johnson Street
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731-6933
Telephone: (803) 329-5195
Covers Chester, Fairfield, Union, York, and Lancaster County. The General Assistance Programs offers qualified families government grants for paying bills or other needs, such as housing.
Charleston County Human Services Commission
Address is 1069 King Street
Charleston, SC 29413
Telephone number – (843) 724-6760
Low income and residents of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester can call this community action agency. One focus is on utility and housing assistance. Funds may be available for needs such as water and utility bills or emergency rent help. Job placement is available from Project Pride, or the homeless can look into cash assistance for security deposits.
Locations of the Charleston County Human Services Commission are as follows.
- 1069 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403, call 843-724-6760
- Berkeley County center is at 100 South Highway 52, Moncks Corner, South Carolina 29461, telephone number – 843-761-6935
- Dorchester County office is at SC Works. The center is at 2885 West 5th North Street, Summerville, SC 29483. Main number is 843-832-7053
- St George center – 201 Johnston Street, St. George, South Carolina 29477, telephone number is 843-636-9090
Chesterfield-Marlboro Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
318-322 Front Street
Cheraw, SC 29525
Call (843) 320-9760 for intake and information.
The non-profit offers Community Food and Nutrition, grants from general assistance, LIHEAP, and other services.
Darlington County Community Action Agency
Address is 904 South Fourth Street
Hartsville, South Carolina 29550
Call to speak to a case manager. Qualified individuals can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance or weatherization. Employment services and job training is offered to local South Carolina families as well, including to the unemployed.
GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission
Main address is 237 N. Hospital Street
Greenwood, SC 29648
Telephone: (864) 229-8801
Covers Abbeville, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda, and Greenwood County. Workforce Development includes job training, the agency may administer Community Services Block Grant, and offer other financial help or referrals in South Carolina.
The locations of GLEAMNS and their job centers are as follows.
Saluda Works Center, 407 West Butler Avenue, Saluda, South Carolina 29138, call 864-445-2035
Newberry SC Works Center, 833 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108, telephone 803-276-2110
Laurens CSBG Office, 221A West Laurens Street, Laurens, SC 29360, main phone :864-984-5123
Abbeville County Learning Center, 706 Carolina Circle, Abbeville, SC 29620, call 864-459-2100
McCormick SC Works Center, 109 W. Augusta St., McCormick, SC 29835, call 864-852-2662
Brewer Annex, 301 N Hospital St, Greenwood, SC 29648, dial 864-229-8862
Edgefield County SC Works Center, 400 Church St, Edgefield, South Carolina 29824, telephone (803) 637-4029
Lowcountry Community Action Agency
Main address is 319 Washington Street
Walterboro, SC 29488
Telephone: (843) 549-5576
Programs are offered in both Colleton and Hampton. The non-profit provides everything from grants for housing costs (rent, utilities, security deposits) to Head Start and free food.
OCAB Community Action Agency
Mailing address – P.O. Drawer 710
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29116-0710
Telephone number is (803) 536-1027
Programs are for people in Orangeburg, Allendale, Bamberg, and Calhoun.
Staff from OCAB and nearby schools will work closely with the entire family and also non-profit community agencies to meet the comprehensive needs of all children that enroll in Head Start. The classrooms are listed below.
252 Marion St. Allendale, SC 29810, dial (803) 584-4026
211 Zeigler St. Bamberg, SC 29003, telephone (803) 245-5521
Bowman Head Start Center is at 131 Poplar St. Bowman, South Carolina 29018, dial (803) 829-3553
Denmark location is 121 Cedar St. Denmark, South Carolina 29042, (803) 793-4689
200 Warrior Dr. Elloree, SC 29047, phone (803) 897-2673
Eutawville Head Start is at St. James Elementary School, 1555 Gardensgate Rd., Eutawville, SC 29048, (803) 492-7062
Family Literacy, Brookdale Elementary, 394 Brookdale Dr. Orangeburg, SC 29115, telephone (803) 531-8648
Holly Hill Head Start, 1490 Brant Ave. Holly Hill, SC 29059, (803) 496-7333
Neeses Head Start, 710 Rice St. Neeses, SC 29107, phone (803) 247-4455
710 Rice St. North Rd. Head Start4215 North Rd. Orangeburg, SC 29115, (803) 533-1666
180 Cantey Dr. Santee, SC 29142, phone (803) 854-3897
St. Matthews Head Start, 110 Smoak St. St. Matthews, South Carolina 29135, main number is (803) 874-3588/ 874-2255
The locations will link rural residents to needed resources and assistance programs. The main location is at P.O. Drawer 710, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29116-0710, telephone: (803) 536-1027.
Pee Dee Community Action Partnership
2685 S. Irby Street
Florence, SC 29505
Counties supported – Dillon, Marion, Florence.
This non-profit offers support from Transitional Shelter, they offer housing and homeless assistance, and other aid.
Piedmont Community Action, Inc.
Address – 300 So. Daniel Morgan Avenue, Bldg. A
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Main telephone: (864) 585-8183
Some of the government and non-profit programs administered include weatherization, Head Start, and emergency grants. Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Greenville County.
Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. (SHARE)
Mailing address – P.O. Box 10204
Greenville, South Carolina 29603
Telephone: (864) 269-0700
Counties include Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville. Thousands of low income families and seniors get help with everything from Head Start, free food or maybe loan programs for rent or deposits, both utility and security.
For more information on these or other SHARE programs, there are two main offices to call. While all resources and funding is limited, the agency will do its best to help.
- 1725 E Main St, Easley, South Carolina 29640-3036. Call (864) 859-2989
- 1704 E. Greenville St. Anderson, SC 29621. (864) 224-7028
Statewide Telamon – Assistance is for renters and homeowners. Potential services in South Carolina include weatherization, credit counseling, help for stopping evictions, and referrals to low income apartments.
South Carolina (statewide) locations are listed below
- 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite C16 Greenville, SC 29607, (864) 467-8141
- 500 North Academy Street, Kingstree, SC 29556, dial (843) 354-5708
- 413 Calhoun Street 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201, telephone (803) 256-7411
Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
Mailing address is P.O. Box 1467
Conway, SC 29528
Telephone – (843) 234-4100
Region is Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg. A number of resources are focused on senior citizens in the area. Food, foreclosure and housing counseling, and other aid is administered. Transportation for seniors may also be coordinated.
The main addresses of the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council are as follows. As noted, they support both Horry as well as Georgetown County.
- Conway Office, 1261 Hwy 501 East, Suite D, Conway, SC 29526, call (843) 234-4130
- Georgetown Office, 1837 North Fraser, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440, telephone (843) 546-6161
- Kingstree Office, 128 East Mill Street, Suite B, Kingstree, SC 29556, call (843) 355-9922
- Loris Office, 3811 Walnut Street, Loris, SC 29569, dial (843) 756-6562
- Myrtle Beach Office, 936 Broadway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577, main phone (843) 626-7270
Wateree Community Actions, Inc.
13 South Main Street
Sumter, South Carolina 29151
Call (803) 775-4354 for services.
Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, Sumter, and Richland County. Financial support is from General Emergency Assistance Program as well as LIHEAP. They also offer emergency housing assistance (such as rent and deposits) as well as transitional units. Or receive food, personal hygiene kits, and other support.
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