South Carolina receives grants from the Federal Government to support various entitlements and benefits programs. It adds state revenue to this funding, offering a safety net of support to its neediest residents. The type of assistance involved includes help buying food, purchasing health insurance and even paying for utilities and home weatherization. In several cases, South Carolinians can also apply for and receive temporary cash payments when trying to better themselves economically. Here is a brief rundown of the support offered by South Carolina and where to apply for assistance.
Supplemental Food Support in South Carolina
South Carolina provides SNAP to both individuals and families having trouble affording food across the state. The program provides an electronic benefit card that can be used to buy groceries at area stores. To apply for SNAP, you must visit your local DSS office. Additional food support is offered to pregnant women and to families with children age 5 and under through the Women, Infants and Children Program. South Carolina kids can be eligible to receive school meals through Department of Education nutrition programs. These include breakfasts, lunches, milk and snacks. The state also provides a summer feeding service that ensures these same school children have access to healthy meals even when school is out. To inquire about or apply for any of these school nutrition programs, simply speak with the staff at your child’s school.
Help with Health Care
Those having trouble providing health insurance for their children can apply through Partners for Healthy Children to receive free coverage for kids under 19. Families must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Health care provided only covers children through the program, not the entire family.
South Carolina Energy Assistance and Weatherization Grants
Low-income Energy Programs provide assistance paying for heating and cooling expenses to those at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines. Eligible residents can receive between $225 and $500 yearly to be used to pay for heating, cooling or a crisis situation such as a potential utility shutoff. Families can also apply for Weatherization Assistance provided through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Eligible households have weatherization upgrades accomplished to lower the yearly cost of energy. Visit the Office of Economic Opportunity website and select your county to find out where to apply for either program.
Applying for Temporary Cash Assistance
Family Independence offers temporary cash assistance while parents are involved in work training services. The program is available to pregnant women and parents of minor children who are either unemployed or working for very low pay. For more information call the Department of Social Services toll-free at 1-800-768-5700. South Carolinians who have found themselves out of work through no fault of their own can also apply for temporary assistance known as Unemployment Insurance. Visit your local SC Works location to file your initial claim or call 803-737-3071. You must be seeking employment and available to start a new job while receiving unemployment payments.
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