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Single mothers assistance in South Carolina

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There are times when everyone can use a helping hand. If you need single mother assistance with food, shelter or other humanitarian services read on for information from federal, state and local agencies as well as private organizations. Find help now.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for single mothers

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was created to help low-income individuals , single moms and families purchase healthy foods. Benefits are not intended to cover all food expenses but will lessen the amount of income that must be used toward buying food each month. People who receive SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps) use an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. The EBT card is similar to a bank debit card and can be used to purchase most foods in participating grocery stores. SNAP cannot be used for pet food, alcohol, tobacco, soap products or paper products. In South Carolina over 500,000 households depend on SNAP each month to get the food they need for good health.

SNAP benefits will not cover your entire food budget. Augment your SNAP funds with other sources of food such as food pantries and community gardens.

If you need food, right away call the South Carolina SNAP hotline 800-616-1309. You can apply for benefits online.

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Unemployment Insurance

Losing your job can be devastating. If you are unemployed through no fault of your own you need to learn if you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet South Carolina’s eligibility requirements. For information about unemployment insurance applications and benefits visit the website or call 866-831-1724.

South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides home weatherization assistance to improve the quality of life for low-income families and single mothers , particularly the elderly, people with disabilities and children by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

Weatherization programs are designed to decrease the amount of energy necessary to heat and cool homes and provide hot water. Single mother assistance is available to both homeowners and renters. If eligible WAP will perform an energy audit to identify specific steps to increase energy efficiency and lower costs. The review will determine what kind of changes or repairs are required. In some cases, unsafe heating units may be replaced. For general information, contact the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity at (803) 734-066.

The Weatherization Assistance Program for each of the state’s 46 counties is coordinated through ten community action agencies. Contact a community action agency.

Legal Services

Do you need legal help with domestic abuse? Have you been denied public assistance or social security disability? If you need free legal help continue reading.

South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) offers free legal services in a wide variety of civil matters to low-income residents of South Carolina. SCLS is a non-profit corporation, funded by grants from the federally funded Legal Services Corporation, the South Carolina Bar Foundation, local United Ways, state court filing fees, and other federal, state and local funding.

SCLS serves South Carolina residents with offices located throughout the state. SCLS strives to provide standardized and equal access to basic legal services for all low-income residents of the state. South Carolina Legal Services is a statewide law firm that provides civil legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low income South Carolinians. It is the vision of SCLS to ensure low-income residents of South Carolina will have full and fair access to justice.

Find a SCLS office near you or call 888-346-5592 or 803-744-9430.

Shelter for Homeless Families

The Mission of the Family Shelter is to provide emergency shelter in a stable living environment for homeless children and their parents and help residents build life skills needed to regain independence.

Family Shelter provides emergency shelter for up to 15 families for 120 days at a time. The shelter’s primary goal is to help homeless families secure affordable housing and regain independence as a family. Families are allowed to stay for up to 120 days. There is the possibility of extended stays based upon room availability and adherence to shelter guidelines and programs. Residents live in a dorm-like environment where 2-4 family members live in one furnished room and share a hall-access bathroom with another family. Some of the rooms include two adjoining rooms that can accommodate larger families.

Residents of the Family Shelter are provided three meals a day as well as afternoon snacks. Meals are prepared and served in a communal kitchen/dining area by our residents, and occasionally community groups prepare and/or donate meals.

The Family Shelter requires all children living at the shelter attend school or be enrolled in daycare if not school age. Parents are required to be off-campus Monday-Friday, from 9am-3pm to work, attend a job training program, seek housing and employment, attend social service appointments, or handle whatever other business is needed to prepare them for independent living. Read more to learn about the Family Shelter and the services provided. The shelter is located at 2411 Two Notch Road, Columbia, South Carolina. 803-771-7040.

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