SEE BELOW FOR RESIDENT COMMUNITY RESOURCES.
Resident Services works closely with Public Housing and Section 8 to serve and assist all CCHRA residents. Through that collaborative effort, Resident Services is able to promote activities and programs for our youth and seniors.
The department also administers two programs to help residents become economically self-sufficient:
- The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, a Section 8 program of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encourages communities to develop local strategies to help assisted families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. Residents in the Section 8 Program may sign up to participate in FSS. The program works with residents, who establish goals such as, continuing their education, job training, purchasing a first-time home, or starting a small business. Residents who participate in the program must agree to work toward achieving their goals and participate in specific training. Participants build escrow accounts from their rent payments to help them reach their final goal at the completion of the program. The Resident Services Department works with various agencies in the community to develop resources for participating FSS family members.
- The Individual Development Accounts Program is administered by the Lowcountry Housing & Economic Development Foundation, Inc. (LHEDF). This asset building program helps participating families learn about saving money, budgeting, and more, through financial literacy training. They also receive goal specific training. The three-year program provides matching funds (2:1) as participants save for purposes such as buying a first home, going to college, or starting a small business.
The Lowcountry Housing & Economic Development Foundation also sponsors an annual Junior-Senior Art Exhibition in the fall. The Exhibition is a venue of the acclaimed MOJA Arts Festival. The goal of the Junior-Senior Art Exhibition is to promote artistic talents of public housing authority residents. Residents from Public Housing Authorities throughout North & South Carolina are invited to participate. Local public & private school students are also invited to participate.
Activities under Resident Services:
Residents Advisory Board
PHADA Bollinger Scholarship
Residents Leadership Training
Resident Initiative Council Track & Field
Resident Initiative Council Spelling Bee
Resident Initiative Council Spring Fling
CCHRCO Carolinas Councl of Housing & Redevelopment Officials
Junior-Senior Art Exhibition
Stephanie Gladden [email protected] 843-297-1770
Brighton Place/Mayflower Court:
Mary Justice [email protected] 843-297-2151
Joseph Floyd Manor:
Work Order Hotline 843-410-2679
Direct Food Distributions & Services to our “Neighborhood” Residents
Charleston Area Senior Center (CASC), 259 Meeting Street, Charleston, 843-722-4127
- Offers Emergency Food Pantry, regardless of age, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (1:00P – 3:30P)
- Website: www.charlestonareaseniors.org
Community Resource Center, 3947 Whipper Barony Lane, North Charleston, 843-530-6473
- Provides food and basic needs supports.
- Email: [email protected]
Our Lady of Mercy/Neighborhood House, 77 America Street, Charleston, 843-805-8064
- Offers a daily Food Pantry for residents in the 29401 and 29403 zip codes. The Soup Kitchen is offering bagged lunches from Monday-Thursday (12:00P – 1:00P), and financial assistance (for utilities and rent).
- Website: www.olmoutreach.org
Seacoast Church (located at 2049 Savannah Hwy in West Ashley)
- Offers a drive-through food pantry on Thursdays from 8:30-11:00 AM for anyone who stops by.
Health Insurance, SNAP benefits, Unemployment Application Support
- InsureSC is their one-stop shop to enroll or get information about health coverage options including Medicaid, Medicare, Marketplace, SNAP and private insurance. All services are free and can be conducted over the phone
- New Update as of 4/15/20: They can now offer assistance applying for S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce unemployment benefits. They can provide over the phone assistance for those who have no access to a computer, internet, or those who need help with the online process.
- Call 1-888-998-4646. Their services are free.
Trident Area Agency on Aging
- General number for information and referral regarding overall senior supports including: Meals on Wheels, weekly generic groceries, Adult Depends, emergency funds for utility, cellphone bill, respite care)
- 843-554-2275 (website: https://www.tridentaaa.org/)
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Neighborhood House (located at 77 America Street) has two Social Workers who are rotating between John’s Island and Downtown and could be available for a call with someone if they needed to talk. If something is more significant, they’d refer out. You can reach them at (843) 805-8064.
For a mental health assessment with the MUSC Telehealth Resilience & Recovery Program (TRRP), call 843-792-0979 to determine what type of counseling is offered and available.
SC Hope Crisis Support Hotline Open 24/7: 1-884-SC-HOPES
Alzheimer’s Association website: alz.org/sc // 1-800-272-3900
MUSC offers a treatment program that provides mental health treatment to older adults aged 60+ who have been victims of abuse in the Tri-County. This treatment is completely free and no billing to insurance is necessary. Theresa Skojec [email protected] and phone: 843-792-2910
Charleston Mental Health Clinic: (843) 852-4100
Adults with serious and persistent mental illness, major, acute psychiatric concerns
If you are in a crisis, call 211 or go to the emergency room.
Emergency Utility and Rent assistance
Palmetto Community Action Partnership, 1069 King Street
- Utility Assistance opens May 1 in person – Call 1-844-769-6448 or website palmettocap.org to make an appointment
- General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) – rent assistance
- Please be advised that leaving your contact information will place you on the waitlist for an in-depth telephone screening ONLY. Please be advised that the wait list is limited to the first 25 calls or online submissions and someone from Palmetto CAP will contact you within the next 24-48 hours. You can also apply for in-depth screening at any time (24/7) by using their automated phone system by dialing toll-free 1-844-769-6448 and choose option 1 and following the instructions.
Available Laundry Services
At this time, Laundry Matters (located at 51 Reid St.) is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Only three people are allowed in at a time, and are required to stay with their clothes and practice social distancing. College Laundry (located at 226 Calhoun St.) is also offering free drop-off and pick-up.
LOWCOUNTRY FOOD FINDER – Click the map photo below to go to the website:
City of Charleston Office on Aging: website:https://www.charleston-sc.gov/197/Mayors-Office-on-Aging
Trident Area Agency on Aging: 1-843-554-2275 website: tridentaaa.org
SC211 website: sc211.org OR CALL: 1-211
|Rental and Mortgage Assistance Resources
SC Thrive’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, click here.
Rental Assistance through the CARES ACT with Charleston Trident Urban League, click here.
Financial assistance with East Cooper Community Outreach, click here
For rental, mortgage, or utility assistance with Palmetto Community Action Partnership, click here.