Charleston County Libraries to assist rental assistance applicants

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The Charleston County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is set to reopen after the program was suspended in October.

The county will begin accepting applications from tenants and landlords on Tuesday.

The program aims to help people who are struggling to pay rent and utilities due to the pandemic.

Funding for the program is part of $25 billion allocated through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act to help state and local governments.

The county says the funding will be used to help low-income renter households at risk of homelessness or housing instability, and household members who are eligible for unemployment benefits or who have experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic.

The Charleston County Library System has teamed up to help those who need help completing the application. Staff will help them with tasks such as making copies, using computers and answering questions on the application.

Every Charleston County Public Library location will take appointments except for The Village location.

There will also be seven places where people can get help in Spanish. The Charleston County Public Library System says all people have to do is call their nearest library and make an appointment.

CCPL’s Natalie Hauff says it’s important to know that staff have no authority over who gets approved.

“We’re here as a support system to help people go through the application, make the copies, and help them do the whole submission,” Hauff said. “We have absolutely nothing to say about the app itself.”

Hauff says staff are ready to help the community through what can be a difficult time.

Spanish meeting locations are available at:

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