Emergency Rental Assistance

To help reduce the risk of homelessness for older adults, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) administers an emergency rental assistance program throughout South Carolina for persons age fifty-five (55) and older and who are at 150% of the federal poverty level or below.  This program can only provide assistance when funding is available to the LGOA.

These are emergency funds to be used for rent on a short term basis. The program cannot provide long-term housing assistance, but it can help seniors get through a “rough time” by providing rental assistance that will be sent directly to the landlord. The need for assistance must be due to an emergency situation that was unexpected, temporary and can be resolved. If you are concerned that you may not be able to pay your rent, please apply as soon as possible.

Who is qualified to receive assistance?

All applicants must be on the lease to apply for assistance. Applicants must be at 150% of the federal poverty level or below for household annual income.

2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Persons in Household 2017 Poverty Guideline 150% of Poverty Guideline
1 $12,060 $18,090
2 $16,240 $24,360
3 $20,420 $30,630
4 $24,600 $36,900
5 $28,780 $43,170
6 $32,960 $49,440
7 $37,140 $55,710
8 $41,320 $61,980

Funding for the emergency rental assistance program is limited. Assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants should complete all sections of the application and provide proper documentation and identification. Any application that is not completed in its entirety could delay funds. Once an applicant is deemed eligible, funds will be sent directly to the Property Manager/Landlord by the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging. 

Download the Application for Emergency Rental Assistance