I am still feeling sick about the #Charleston AME shooting last night. I have heard it is not #Terrorism because it isn’t politically motivated and the shooter was “mentally disturbed”. Umm, Sitting Senator Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine victims murdered. I would call that a political shooting, wouldn’t you?
At any rate … Verbage and politics aside – how can you help the families and the neighborhood?
There is a fund to help the victims burial costs:
Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
C/O City of Charleston
P.O. Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402
And here is information about other neighborhood resources and services, because you don’t have to be black or a member of the church to feel the pain of the neighbors and everyone can use a little help sometimes.
South Carolina Assistance and Aid Programs.
Get help and find assistance programs in all cities and counties, including Charleston and Columbia.
This is offered by many utility companies, including Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Palmetto Electric Cooperative and others. The organizations join together to help neighbors who are dealing with a crisis. Grants, financial aid, and funds provided address needs such as clothing, food, shelter, utility bills, health care and other community services. More.
Gap Assistance Pharmacy Program for Seniors (GAPS)
GAPS provides pharmacy assistance and it will assist with paying prescription bills for seniors. It will fill the gap for eligible seniors’ Medicare prescription drug coverage when their drug costs reach the so called “donut hole.” (888) 549-0820
Mortgage Assistance, and Foreclosure Prevention Resources
There are several different programs and resources that homeowners in South Carolina can use to get help with their mortgage. Programs are offered at the state as well as local level. Read more.
Also, the state has several government certified non-profit agencies that counsel homeowners through difficult times. Many of their services are offered at no cost. More on South Carolina HUD agencies.
ABC Child Care Program
This is the statewide system that was created by South Carolina to deliver low cost or free child care services under a federally funded grant program. The ABC Child Care Voucher program will make payments to child care providers to care for low-income children so their parents can work. In addition to this, the ABC Child Care Program also has various activities and projects that will help to improve child care programs throughout the state. It will help make the child care providers and their programs more affordable and available to the families that need them. 803-898-2570, or more onchild care assistance in South Carolina.
Family Independence Program
Family Independence (FI) is a time-limited program that will assist families in need with dependent children when families cannot provide for their basic needs. The main focus of this program is to assist lower income and struggling families with meeting their basic needs by providing cash grants and assistance, supportive services, job training, employment opportunities, and other aid. (800) 768-5700
Legal Services of South Carolina offers several programs and resources that will provide state residents with tips and advice. More.
Crisis Assistance for Bills
If you or your family are faced with an emergency and have no other options available, then the Salvation Army may be able to help. They have centers across South Carolina, and may have cash assistance for paying bills, rent, housing, medications, and more. Read more Salvation Army SC financial help.
Senior Programs in South Carolina
Residents who are 55 or older can contact the Office of Aging. This non-profit organization administers resources specifically for seniors. Programs include emergency rent, food, transportation, and information on medical and health care. Click here.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
This program is run by the South Carolina Housing and Finance Development Authority and it provides rental assistance to low-income seniors age 55 and older. The funds provided are a one time payment. Click here.
Medical, Dental, and Community Clinics
Various clinics around South Carolina can provide the low income and the uninsured with either free or low cost medical/dental care, and even medications. More on South Carolina community clinics.
Debt Reduction and Credit Services
Find a listing of not for profit agencies that can provide credit counseling, debt consolidation, and mortgage/housing assistance to state residents. A number of organizations specialize in these credit services. More South Carolina credit counseling.
Residents that are disabled, their family members or caregivers can get assistance. Several benefits and government programs provide financial aid, home care, respite, employment, and other support. Find details on the South Carolina benefits and get information on the disability application process.Click here.
Families who were recently or will soon be evicted can benefit from short term housing and case management services in South Carolina. Programs will help people find a job, improve their finances, and locate and move into a new permanent home. Additional details.
Low Income Housing Vouchers
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) section 8 vouchers can be used to pay a portion of a low income families rent or maybe even energy bill costs. Programs are also available for the disabled and elderly in South Carolina. Read section 8 housing choice in South Carolina.
Eviction Assistance and Programs for Homeless in South Carolina
Several non-profit organizations, charities and churches specialize in preventing evictions and rehousing. Government grants are used for paying rent. Legal support, case management, and funds for paying security deposit on a new low income home in South Carolina are often available. Click more information.
South Carolina Pantries and Food Banks
Learn where to turn to get free food, groceries, and other forms of non-financial aid and assistance in the state of South Carolina. Food banks help tens of thousands per year. Learn more.
Job Programs, Government Grants, and Self-sufficiency
Struggling families can turn to a community action agency for help. The non-profits provide individuals with many services, including job training, counseling, child care, grants for paying bills, housing, and resources such as Head Start. Read South Carolina community action agencies.
Resources are also focused on the unemployed and those looking to increase their income by gaining new skills. WorkSource Centers offer a number of free services. Click job programs South Carolina.
Utility, Electric, and Energy Bill Assistance
Most of the utility companies that operate in the state provide emergency grants, weatherization, and other forms of financial assistance to needy customers. Get details on South Carolina utility programs.
—- and the names you need to know are Senator Pickney, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanda Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Daniel L Simmons, Rev Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson .