Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO)'s service area includes the South Carolina counties of Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg. We are also able to serve qualifying Veterans in the North Carolina counties of Columbus, Robeson, and Scotland.
Completing this form in no way guarantees services. Everyone is encouraged to continue attempting to resolve their housing crisis through other community resources. 211 serves as a state resource guide and can be reached by dialing 211 from your mobile phone or visiting the 211.org website.
You have indicated that you are not within our qualifying service area however there are still resources available for you. 211 serves as a resource listing and we encourage you to dial 211 from a mobile phone or visit:
Eviction Prevention/Homeless Prevention Eligibility NoticeUpdated as of 04/01/2021
If you are being evicted, please confirm that you meet the basic eligibility guidelines below before proceeding with your Get Help application form. Applications that do not meet these eligibility guidelines cannot be processed.
Applicants must have:
NOTE: Regular Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (up to 13-week extension) income SHOULD be included when calculating income. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (temporary additional $600 weekly increase) should NOT be included.
Persons in Family/Household Size
HUD FY 2021 Income Limits Documentation System
If referred to a program, households will be required to provide documentation to confirm eligibility, including:
If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please reach out to other community resources that may be able to help you by calling 2-1-1. You may also come back to check for updates, as this notice will change if/when eligibility changes.
Please understand that assistance is limited, and completing an application does not guarantee that you will receive assistance.
COMMUNITY NEWS: SC Stay is now offering a COVID-19 Housing Assistance program for eligible South Carolina residents that are behind on rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. Please go to the SC Stay website to complete an application at scstay.org. (Eligibility for SC Stay does NOT require an eviction notice and has the ability to serve households whose gross annual income exceeds our allowable income limits.)
Horry County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)Updated as of 06/14/2021
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was created to help renters dealing with financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For eligible households, the program offers rental and utility assistance to help residents of Horry County avoid eviction and maintain housing stability.
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All applicants for Homeless Prevention assistance must meet income and other eligibility requirements. You will be asked to provide documentation including verification of household income and either a Magistrate’s Court Order of Eviction or a letter from the landlord stating the applicant is behind on rent and will be evicted within 21 days.
ECHO may not be able to serve everyone that needs assistance. You are encouraged to continue attempting to resolve your housing crisis through other community resources. 211 serves as a state resource guide and can be reached by dialing 211 from your mobile phone or visiting the 211.org website.
We will need each of the following documents submitted. If you do not have them at this time, please begin attempting to get replacement copies.
If you do not have access to a scanner or fax machine, cell phone pictures of your documents are sufficient. Office DEPOT/OfficeMax is also offering FREE faxing and scanning services in all of their retail stores (limits apply). Faxed documents should be sent to 843-213-1800.
All ECHO offices are closed to the public until further notice out of caution due to COVID-19.
We are committed to supporting our community responsibly, and will continue providing as many services as possible remotely.
If you’re already receiving services, all Housing Case Managers will be available during regular office hours to provide support by telephone.
If you are experiencing homelessness or are in danger of becoming homeless, please go to echousing.org/get-help or call our main office at 843-213-1798 to schedule a phone assessment.
More information about COVID-19, including prevention and treatment, can be obtained from the CDC COVID-19 Website and the SC DHEC Website.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we work through these extraordinary challenges together.