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SC Thrive rental assistance program extended

Staff Report //August 17, 2020//

SC Thrive rental assistance program extended

Staff Report //August 17, 2020//

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SC Thrive is now accepting rental assistance program applications from those who previously collected Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation funds.

The program was not previously available to applicants receiving the now-expired $600 weekly benefit, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization.

Eligible households can receive up to $1,500 in a one-time, lump-sum payment to be made directly to property owners or management companies.

The program was launched in May in cooperation with the S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority.

“We recognize that the effects of coronavirus are far-reaching, and South Carolinians are still struggling just to pay their rent or trying to hang on until their next paycheck,” SC Thrive CEO Tricia Richardson said in the release. “But we want everyone to know that assistance is available now. This SC Thrive program is here to help South Carolinians stay housed during this difficult time. We strongly encourage anyone struggling — especially those who were previously denied or who didn’t apply for the program due to this requirement — to apply.”

More information is available at

Applicants must be S.C. residents and meet Area Median Income requirements. Employment or income must have been affected by the pandemic beginning March 10 or later, and applicants cannot currently receive subsidized rental assistance, among other requirements.