In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD published Notice PIH 2020-05 on April 10, 2020 which provides waivers and alternative requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). The waivers provide administrative flexibilities and relief to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. In order to continue to provide for the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and customers and to effectively administer our HCVP, SC Housing has adopted the following waivers and alternative requirements that have a direct impact on our customers. Please see our Public Notices Page for More information.
**NEW HOURS** The Housing Choice Voucher Department office hours are now Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
**APPOINTMENT ONLY** Office visits are by appointment only. Please contact your coordinator to schedule an office visit.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) assists very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and affordable housing in the private market. Participants choose their own housing. The amount of voucher assistance is determined by a number of factors including total annual gross income and family size. Depending on annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, SC Housing provides up to 2000 vouchers in seven counties: Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee and Lexington.
For a list of all SC Public Housing Agencies and their jurisdictions please see the HUD Public Housing Authority Contact Information.
How do I apply for a waiting list?
The HCVP waiting list is currently closed. We will advertise in local newspapers and on this website when it is open. When the list is open, you may apply online or request a paper application by mail or by phone. SC Housing is unable to accommodate walk-in requests.
How long is the waiting list?
SC Housing's goal is to offer rental assistance to applicants within 24 months of application. However, due to the large number of applicants on the waiting list, and HUD funding, we are unable to predict exactly when you will receive an offer of rental assistance. It is currently taking three to five years to offer assistance to a family on the waiting list. Unfortunately, there is no emergency assistance.
How to update existing application?
Updates to your existing applications must be made in writing to SC Housing. If you do not update your mailing address with SC Housing when it changes, you may miss important information and your name may be removed from the waiting list. Telephone requests to change your application are not accepted. Please submit all address changes via mail, fax or email to:
SC Housing Voucher Program
300-C Outlet Point Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210
HCVP Standards & Allowances
HCVP Administrative and Annual Plans
HCVP Participant Handbook