- State Data Overview
Across South Carolina, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts156,193Or26%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-82,064Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$35,984Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.70%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
- State Level Partners
Become an NLIHC State Partner
NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.
Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]
- Housing Trust FundHTF Implementation Information
NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Kyle Arbuckle with any questions.Current Year HTF Allocation
$3,000,000HTF State Resources
Although these items were posted by the state for 2019, they apply to the state's 2018 HTF allocation.
2019 SDRP Bulletin 1 (PDF)
2019 SDRP Bulletin 2 (PDF)
2017 NHTF Rental Manual (PDF)State Designated Entity:
Acting Director, Development Division
South Carolina Housing
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
Research and Data
National Housing Preservation Database
The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.
Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
- Take Action
- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
South Carolina Housing will be providing approximately $5 million in emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households could receive up to $1,500, with payments made directly to landlords or management companies. Relief will be provided as a one-time lump sum toward tenants’ rent payments. https://tinyurl.com/yb5q4wyh
Updated on July 24, 2020.
City Description Source Horry County Horry County has received $622,221 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant program for rental assistance. https://tinyurl.com/ycmvfzka Charleston & Berkeley County ECCO provides emergency funds to ECCO clients. Our service area includes the following zip codes in Charleston and Berkeley counties. Clients may receive limited assistance with their utility bill or monthly rent or mortgage payment (depending on funding). https://tinyurl.com/y3x499sr
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
No information at this time.
The South Carolina Housing Authority allocated $5 million to an emergency rental assistance program. The authority had $5 million in an emergency fund, and the money comes from bonds sold by the authority, not taxpayers. The program will be administered through SC Thrive, a statewide nonprofit organization. Eligible households could receive a one-time payment up to $1,500 made directly to landlords.
Nearly 60 individuals experiencing homelessness in Mecklenburg County are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
With the unemployment rate in North Charleston now five times greater than pre-COVID levels and no eviction moratorium in place, advocates and tenants are concerned about a surge in evictions that could overwhelm the court system. The Charleston County Magistrate courts received 120 new eviction filings in the first two days of the moratorium being lifted.
Updated on June 29, 2020.
Spartanburg County will receive $919,036 in Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. The Upstate Family Resource Center, one of 14 agencies in the county to receive CARES Act funding, will receive $188,634 to provide rent, mortgage, and utility payments to households impacted by the pandemic.
Updated on June 22, 2020.
Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
In the third week of July, 27.6% of adults in South Carolina reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 292,410 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.
Updated: July 29
South Carolina – already the #1 state for evictions – is bracing for a surge in eviction cases. According to a weekly survey by the Census, 27% of adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.
By May 17, 120 evictions were filed in Charleston. “Self-help” evictions are increasing.
Updated: July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb