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Housing Choice Voucher Program

Housing Choice Voucher Program

This is the federal government's program for assisting very low income families. Since the housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find and rent privately owned housing. Eligibility for a Housing Choice Voucher is determined by the Public Housing Agency (PHA), based on total annual gross income and family size, and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) administers HUDís Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) in seven South Carolina counties: Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee and Lexington.

Click here to see status of the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List.

Click here to view all the counties in South Carolina.

Although SC Housing is a State agency, we have no jurisdiction over the other 42 Housing Authorities throughout South Carolina. Each Housing Authority is its own entity and administers various rental assistance programs in different cities and counties or combinations thereof.  Although all housing authorities operate under the same general HUD guidelines, they are able to establish local policies with respect to how they operate their programs. Below is an internet link to the contact information for all of the Housing Authorities in South Carolina. 

Click here for a list of other SC Housing Authorities and their jurisdictions.

The Program has a bilingual staff (English and Spanish) who can act as interpreters and translators, if requested. Please contact 803-896-8888.

El Programa de Asistencia para el Alquiler tiene el personal bilingue para asistir a individuos o familias que necesiten interpretación de inglés a español. Por favor llame (803) 896-8888.

Discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin is prohibited. If you are a person with disabilities and require a reasonable accommodation to fully understand or utilize the Housing Choice Voucher Program, please contact us at:

Se prohibe la descriminación basada en raza, color, religión, credo, sexo, incapacidad fisica o mental, estado familiar u origen nacional.  Si usted es una persona incapacitada, usted puede pedir trato especial para solicitar asistencia de alquiler bajo la Sección 8. Para pedir ayuda especial por favor escriba a:

Housing Choice Voucher Program
300-C Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number: (803) 896-8888
Fax Number: (803) 551-4900
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): (803) 896-8831

Changes in Federal Regulation or SC Housing policy may make this information obsolete.

Cambios en Regulaciones Federales o en las Pólizas de las Autoridad de Vivienda del Estado pueden hacer que la información en este contrato sea obsoleta.