Florence NAACP to host housing assistance events
Florence County residents struggling to get caught up on rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic can receive a helping hand from the South Carolina NAACP and Florence Branch of the NAACP. The organizations will host South Carolina Stay Housing Plus assistance project events for the next three Fridays and Saturdays at Trinity Baptist Church at 124 W. Darlington St. The events will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays beginning Oct. 15 and ending Oct. 29, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Oct. 16 and ending Oct. 30. South Carolina Stay Plus is a rental and utility assistance program established in May. It is funded by $272 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury The program offers up to 12 months back rent plus up to three months of future rental assistance. If a person has been forced to move, that person could be eligible to receive moving costs, hotel/motel expenses and move-in costs. Legal and other fees are also covered by the program. People seeking assistance should bring a valid identification document, a lease or other evidence of a lease and proof of income. Masks and social distancing are required.