SC Stay COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program


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SC Housing is not accepting applications for renters or homeowners needing assistance at this time. To be alerted when the program opens, fill out the blue contact box at the very bottom of the page.

About the program: The S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) has been tasked by the State of South Carolina as the lead agency in providing safe, decent and affordable housing for all citizens of South Carolina. Through Community Development Block Grants made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the S.C. Department of Commerce, approximately $25 million in CARES Act funding will be made available for rental and mortgage assistance to eligible low-income families in South Carolina.

CDBG funding will be available for up to six consecutive months of short-term rental and mortgage assistance for applicant individuals and families who meet the following requirements:

  • Must certify that they are eligible and their income is at or below 80% of county median income adjusted by family size.
  • Must demonstrate that they are unable to pay all or part of the rent or mortgage, or are behind on their rent or mortgage, due to circumstances stemming from the coronavirus. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:
    • Lost wages due to layoff;
    • Reduced hours as a result of an employer going out of business or a reduction of staff; or
    • Inability to work due to infection with COVID-19 and required quarantine or a quarantine of a family member, etc.
  • Must have landlord or lender confirmation of their past-due status and be willing to accept payment on their behalf.

Processing Agencies: SC Housing is currently seeking Processing Agencies who can help identify and certify eligible low-income households in need of short-term housing assistance as a result of conditions associated with COVID-19. If you represent a nonprofit, local government, housing authority, or council of government and are interested to learn more about the opportunity to partner with SC Housing to assist households in your community, please refer to the agency’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Proposals can be submitted until January 19, 2021. Questions regarding SC Stay can be submitted via email to For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please click here.

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SC Stay Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ #2)
SC Stay Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ #1)
SC Stay Request For Qualifications
SC Stay Processing Agency Application - Appendix A
SC Stay Application Checklist and Scoring Rubric - Appendix A
SC Stay Application Tabs
SC Stay Debarment Certification Form
SC Stay Audit Requirements Certification Form
Urban Institute Index
2020 SC Income Limits Report - 7/1/2020
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Final 2020 Annual Action Plan-CDBG-CV Cares Act Amendment & Program Description

For those seeking mortgage or rental assistance: The SC Stay program will open to those seeking assistance in early 2021. If you are looking for immediate help paying your rent and mortgage, please refer to SC Housing’s list of resources we’ve created for renters and resources for homeowners. If you would like to be alerted when the program opens to applicants, simply fill out the information below. The SC Stay hotline can be reached by calling 833.985.2929.