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South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority

300-C Outlet Pointe Boulevard
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina 29210

South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Homeownership Voucher programs.

South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority serves Clarendon County, Colleton County, Dorchester County, Fairfield County, Kershaw County, Lee County and Lexington County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Kershaw County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Lee and Lexington County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority Website: https://www.schousing.com/.

South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority Phone: (803) 896-8888.

COVID-19 Update:

As of March 22, 2021 the SC Housing website states, "SC Housing is currently closed to the public due to the COVID pandemic. We are unable to accommodate walk-in requests."

More information is available here.

Closed: Kershaw County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Kershaw County is currently closed. It is last open for five days in April, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call to request an application by mail.
  3. Send a written request by mail.

Once the paper application was completed, it must have been mailed to SC Housing.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Persons with a Disability, or Veterans.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SC Housing Housing Choice Voucher page, or the SC Housing website.

Last Updated on 04/09/2021.

Closed: Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Lee and Lexington County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from April 6, 2021 until April 8, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were five ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Send an email to the SC Housing.
  3. Call the SC Housing
  4. Send a fax to the SC Housing.
  5. Send a written request to SC Housing.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Veteran Preference: This preference is available to a family whose Head of household, spouse, or co-head (or surviving spouse thereof) is a person who has served in the active military, naval, or air service (full time duty in the Armed Forces, other than active duty for training), and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Disability Preference: This preference is extended to disabled persons or families with a disabled member as defined by HUD (42 U.S.C. 423(d) and 42 U.S.C. 15502(8)). Proof of disability will be required at time of eligibility determination.
    • Note: A person, whose claim has been denied by the Social Security Administration, is not eligible for the Disability preference, even if the decision is under appeal.
  • Excessive Wait Preference: At the discretion of the Director, Housing Choice Voucher Program, preference status will be granted to all applicants who have been on the waiting list for a specified number of years. The Director will specify the number of years considered “excessive.”
  • Victim Protection Preference: At the discretion of the Director, Housing Choice Voucher Program, applicants will be moved to the top of the waiting list if they live in assisted housing and their life is threatened because they are a victim of or witness to a crime and are cooperating with law enforcement.
  • Federally-Declared Disaster Preference: At the discretion of the Director, Housing Choice Voucher Program, applicants will be moved to the top of the waiting list if they have been involuntarily displaced in Federally-declared disaster areas within the PHA’s jurisdiction.
  • The PHA will offer a preference to any family that has been terminated from its HCV program due to insufficient program funding.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SC Housing website.

Sources: This information was verified by SC Housing on March 26, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Lee and Lexington County, South Carolina.

Last Updated on 04/08/2021.

About South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority

More information about South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority can be found on its website at https://www.schousing.com/.

Representatives of South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority may be available by phone at (803) 896-8888. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (803) 896-8888.

HCV Portability Status

As of April 11th, 2021, it is not known if South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/09/2019, South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority manages 1,981 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,701 22 37 26 195
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $558 $420 $603 $905 $440
Monthly Cost $949,191 $9,232 $22,310 $23,518 $85,871

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 7% having issued approximately 281 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $11,760 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

54% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 89% of all households were headed by a female.

85% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 83% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

9% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 57% with 3 or more bedrooms. 37% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $289 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $601. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $168.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.