GCS/COVID 19 Resources
SC Legal Services’ Comprehensive Rental Assistance Program Guide
GCS recognizes Columbia Housing Authority as its “Organization of the Month”
Government and Community Services (GCS) is a proactive outreach arm of the County. GCS focuses on facilitating improved community outreach, administration of government services, and the resolution of community issues. GCS recognizes an “Organization of the Month” that exemplifies the importance of supporting the community and assisting in getting resources to those most in need.
This month, GCS recognizes Columbia Housing Authority and their remarkable work within the community when it comes to promoting affordable housing and giving residents a chance to be more involved in their neighborhoods while promoting responsible homeownership. From free COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites for residents and staff, hosting Resident Executive Committee meetings, and promoting new developments, CHA has been a champion for residents in the County.
Columbia Housing is the largest housing authority in the State of South Carolina serving nearly 6,500 low-income households and over 16,000 individuals throughout the City of Columbia, Cayce, and Richland County. Ever since the passage of the Housing Act of 1937, CHA has been committed to providing safe and decent affordable housing for residents.
Serving senior residents is paramount to CHA, particularly during this time of COVID-19. The Marion Street Highrise relocation project is one such case that has given seniors a chance to move into new apartments where they will be safer and enjoy a higher standard of living with modern amenities. By August 30, 2021, residential moves will be complete. For more information on the Marion Street Highrise Project, please visit https://www.columbiahousingsc.org/marion-street.
The Resident & Family Services Department helps promote improved quality of life to help residents reach their full potential. Some of the services include: financial counseling, adult basic education, job training and resume writing, as well as assistance with Medicaid and Medicare enrollment. For additional information on these programs, please email email@example.com.
Some other notable events CHA will be hosting this month virtually include:
Budget & Credit Part 1 May 5, 2021 @ 6 PM EDT
COVID Vaccine Information-Virtual Community Forum May 5, 2021 @ 6 PM
Welcome to the Resident Opportunity Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program Orientation May 11, 2021 @ 5:30 PM EDT
Budget & Credit Part 2 May 12, 2021 @ 6 PM EDT
Home & Yard Maintenance Class May 19, 2021 @ 6 PM EDT
Financial Literacy Workshop May 19, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
Virtual Job Fair May 25, 2021 @ 5:30 PM
Please visit CHA’s website at https://www.columbiahousingsc.org/calendar for additional details and more educational opportunities!
To sign up for the latest updates from CHA via text message or email, please visit https://www.columbiahousingsc.org/sign-up/.
Residents can also connect with CHA to inquire about other services by contacting the main telephone number: 803-254-3886. Office hours are: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Richland County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program
The U.S. Department of Treasury awarded Richland County Government $12.5 million to help local households that are unable to pay rent and utilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
TO APPLY: The Richland County program is now open. Click here to access the online application portal. For assistance, call 855-216-9198.
Download frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the program. (PDF)
Download updated policies and procedures for the County's program. (PDF)
In addition to applying online, residents may also submit applications in person:
- The County’s Department of Government and Community Services will offer in-person assistance on a limited basis and by appointment only. Residents are urged to review the ERAP information and must bring all required documentation to their appointment. Residents can schedule appointments by calling 803-576-1513. When leaving a message, please provide your name and phone number for a return call.
- Richland Library is offering assistance to residents who need help completing the application. Schedule an appointment by calling 803-509-8371, texting 803-386-8506 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.