Relief for Residents Impacted by COVID-19
This webpage is here to connect you to resources and programs in the Upstate to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also included links throughout the page where you can make donations to help support the organizations that are working hard to keep us all safe and healthy. If you know of an organization that is helping or needs our help please let us know so we can include it here.
If you are a business owner please visit our Business Support web page HERE.
Help with Rental, Utilities, and Mortgage Assistance through the Federal CARES Act
Through funds from the CARES Act, Greenville County and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority provide mortgage, rental, and utility assistance to eligible Greenville County residents who have been impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Funds become available on Sunday, August 1, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis until the funds are exhausted.
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a resident of Greenville County (including residents in the City Limits of Greer and Fountain Inn that extend past the Greenville County border).
2. Meet household income qualifications
3. Proof that your household has been impacted financially by COVID-19
Connect to Mortgage and Rental Assistance:
Greenville County Human Relations Commission: (864) 467-7095
United Housing Connections: (864) 241-0462
Connect to Utilities Assistance:
Greenville County Human Relations Commission: (864) 467-7095
United Housing Connections: (864) 241-0462
United Way 211
The United Way has a hotline that you can connect to by dialing 2-1-1 on your phone. The hotline is open 24/7 to inform people about resources and where to find food, shelter, access to health services and transportation. The hotline has help in Spanish as well. For the most up to date resources and information from the United Way follow their Facebook page. To connect with them online click HERE.
Please consider helping the United Way help those in need with a donation. DONATE HERE.
Project Connect – Free Mobile Hotspots and Monthly Internet Service for Qualified Students
A hotspot was installed at Trailblazer Park for student use. To connect to the Internet, while at the park, open your WiFi connections and choose GCSGuest. No password is required.
The ORS is working with the South Carolina Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and private school associations to procure mobile hotspots and monthly internet service through December 31, 2020 for distribution to a minimum of 100,000 households.
- Households with an annual income of 250 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines
- An individual in the household attends a school
- The household does not have existing internet service
- The mobile hotspot is necessary as a result of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19
- The cost of mobile hotspots and related service was not accounted for in a school’s budget as it existed on March 27, 2020
- Priority will be given to households in counties that contain a school district that has been defined by the South Carolina Department of Education as having a poverty rate greater than or equal to 86 percennt
If you are an individual who believes your household is eligible, contact your local school or visit https://ors.sc.gov for more information.
Harvest Hope Food Bank
2818 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611
For the most up to date information visit their Facebook or Webpage.
DONATIONS NEEDED! Please consider making a monetary donation to Harvest Hope in this time of great need.
Greenville County Schools Meal Program
Visit the Greenville County Schools Food & Nutrition Services Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
Greenville County Schools are providing two meals at one time (lunch and tomorrow’s breakfast) to anyone 18 years of age and younger and special needs adults up to age 21. Enrollment in school is not required. Meals are delivered by bus each day and can be picked up from 10 am – 12 pm. To find the nearest locations and get more information visit greenville.k12.sc.us.
North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry
864 N Hwy 25 Bypass, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Service area 250 square miles using zip codes 29690, 29609, 29617, 29661, 29635, 29613, 29683, and partial 29687
Identification needed for service – drivers license, social security cards for everyone in the family and a recent piece of mail verifying present address.
Food Donations Needed: Drop off your food donations on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am – 11:30 am at the location listed above. Most urgently needed items to include: green beans, English peas, macaroni and cheese, rice, jelly, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, toiletries, soap, toothpaste.
Emergency Senior Nutrition Program – Meals on Wheels
15 Oregon St, Greenville, SC 29605
Phone: (864) 233-6565
Meals on Wheels will be offering any senior citizens in Greenville County the opportunity to pick-up 5 FREE meals once a week starting the week of May 4, 2020. Meals will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
To receive these services, each individual must meet the following requirements and abide by the following conditions:
• Must be a senior citizen (60+) or a caretaker taking the meal to a senior citizen and be a resident of Greenville County.
• Must provide name, address and phone number at pickup.
• Only 2 meal packs allowed per car.
• Individuals are only permitted one pick-up per week.
• Each individual must show a state issued ID.
Pick Up Times and Locations
Tuesday: 10:30am – 12:00pm – Beech Springs Church 125 Cooley Bridge Road, Pelzer, SC 29669
Thursday: 10:30am – 12:00pm – Center for Community Services 1102 Howard Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Satuday: 10:30am – 12:00pm – Berea Friendship United Methodist Church 8001 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29617
Mill Village Farms
103 South Texas Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
Tuesday – Thursday 12pm-3pm
Connect to their website
Mill Village Farms is offering a FoodShare Food Box Program. Fresh Food Boxes are ONLY $10 with Credit/Debit cards OR $5 SNAP/EBT. Each box is packed with over $20 of food & a recipe card! Limit ONE box per family
Order by Noon on Friday (while supplies last) the week prior!
Drive-Thru Box Pickup is every other Wednesday 11a-4p at:
THE BUCK MICKEL CENTER, 216 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
Order online with credit or debit card. Call 888-FOOD-GVL (888-366-3485) to learn more or inquire about SNAP/EBT payment.
Need Help Paying Bills?
There are organizations in Greenville that offer financial assistance paying rent, funds for utility bills, free food, low-interest loans, and other support. Assistance comes from churches, charities, the government, and non-profits. They also offer counseling for credit or debt issues as well as job placement services. CONNECT NOW
United Ministries Crisis Assistance Program
Food & Medication
Assistance with life-sustaining medication and food is available.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is offered to individuals and families with a demonstrated need due to crisis. Financial assistance is also given to participants in their education and employment programs to help maintain employment status.
Benefit Bank & VITA
The Benefit Bank and VITA programs help identify public benefits that a family may be eligible for (including SNAP, Medicaid/Medicare, Veterans’ Benefits, etc.) and helps them submit the necessary applications. CONNECT TO UNITED MINISTRIES
Top Ten at the Top
Ten at Top launched the Upstate COVID-19 Information Repository, a webpage with links to local government, health organizations, K-12 and higher education, utilities, non-profits, and other COVID-19 related resources. Here are a few quick links from that website.
Map to Local Wifi and Food Sources
How you Can Help or Get Help
Get the Latest COVID-19 Updates
YMCA Emergency Child Care
The YMCA Emergency Child Care program assists medical personnel, first responders, and other essential workers with childcare needs. The cost is $25 per day for the first child, $15 per day for additional children. Financial assistance is available. For more information visit: YMCAGreenville.org. Questions? Send an email to [email protected].
Family Support & Protection
Sunshine Behavioral Health
Crisis Text Line – Text 741741 to speak with a trained Crisis Counselor.
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens not only health, life, and the economy. It threatens recovery from substance abuse. Sunshine Behavioral Health has a resource page with links to online mental health and recovery resources during COVID-19.
SCIWAY has links to an abundance of local organizations in Greenville County to help with everything from health counseling, mentoring, child care, youth development, help for senior citizens and more. FIND SUPPORT IN GREENVILLE COUNTY.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources
Need help with addiction? The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) has a wealth of online recovery resources. CLICK HERE TO CONNECT TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION RESOURCES.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones is available now. CONNECT TO THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. For help now call 800.273.8255.
Mental Health America of Greenville has a crisis hotline where you can talk to someone about how you feel? The CRISISline is answered by MHAGC volunteers and staff 24/7 who are there to listen. You can reach them at 864.271.8888.
Domestic Abuse Help
If home is not safe, Safe Harbor offers safety planning, shelter, and programs to help. Safe Harbor’s 24/7 helpline is available for safety planning information. Call at 800.291.2139 for immediate assistance. CONNECT TO SAFE HARBOR ONLINE
The buildings are closed, but the online library is open 24/7. Greenville County residents who don’t already have a library card can get an e-card online and have access to e-books, movies, films, and audiobooks. Did you know you can get seeds for your garden at the Greenville Library? Order up to 5 packs of seeds and the library will mail them to you! https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/seed-library.
More links from SC DHEC: