HomeHomeless Prevention

Homeless Prevention

Ending homelessness.

Origin SC is dedicated in the fight to end homelessness in South Carolina. Through the successful efforts of our Representative Payee Program, we have expanded our services to provide rental procurement, subsidies, and supportive services in the Charleston Tri-County area.

We have assisted hundreds of individuals in the last several years to work towards self-sufficiency and financial stability. We currently have three programs:

PLEASE NOTE: Our Lease on Life and Shelter Plus Care programs are by referral ONLY – interested individuals will need to contact the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition (phone: (843) 737-8357; online: lowcountrycoc.org)


Rental Assistance 

Rental Assistance is dependent upon availability of funding and specific program guidelines.

Effective July 16,2021, we will begin accepting new applications for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. To qualify you MUST be a resident of the town of Summerville and currently be behind on payments due to a COVID related issue.

BEFORE APPLYING: Click HERE to check your address for Town of Summerville residency.

(*Please have the following documents ready to upload while completing the application; Copy of IDs and Social Security Cards (for everyone in the household), Copy of lease/mortgage statement, Copy of eviction/Late notice, Proof of income)

 For Town of Summerville residents only: Apply Here 

**Charleston County residents can apply directly to Charleston County HERE.

**Berkeley County residents can apply directly to Berkeley County HERE.

To locate additional resources, contact United Way (phone: 211; online: sc211.org). 


Lease on Life

This program provides permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals. Participants are disabled and have been homeless for at least a year or four times or more within the last three years.

Origin collaborates with various community agencies to help identify eligible participants for Lease on Life. We help these individuals with housing, rent subsidies, budget coaching, and wrap-around services to help them remain permanently housed while they work towards self-sufficiency and financial stability.

PLEASE NOTE: this program is by referral ONLY – interested individuals will need to contact the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition (phone: (843) 737-8357; online: lowcountrycoc.org).


Shelter Plus Care – Home to Stay Program

In partnership with the City of Charleston and Charleston-Dorchester Mental Health Center, Origin receives funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to obtain and subsidize permanent housing for individuals who are clients of Charleston-Dorchester Mental Health Center.

PLEASE NOTE: this program is by referral ONLY – interested individuals will need to contact the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition (phone: (843) 737-8357; online: lowcountrycoc.org)


For more information, call (843) 628-2110 or email homelessprevention@originsc.org.