South Carolina renters + homeowners who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for assistance through SC Housing’s new SC Stay program.
The $25 million rental and mortgage assistance program, funded by the CARES Act, aims to help residents facing possible eviction due to the inability to make housing payments. Those eligible are able to receive up to six months of payments — at a maximum of $7,500 — that can be used to cover late and/or future payments.
To qualify, residents must: • Have an income at or below 80%of the county median • Prove inability to pay all or part of rent/mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic • Have a landlord or lender confirm late payment status + agree to accept payments on their behalf
Applications are now open and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. See application checklist here + learn more about SC Stay here.
State ○ With recent severe winter weather across the country, Gov. McMaster is requesting an extensive evaluation of SC’s public + private power grid and its ability to tolerate extreme inclement weather. (WCBD)
Closing ○ Thai chainBasil’s King Street location will close in 2021 after 19 years in business due to COVID-19 + other circumstances. Currently, the location is only open for carryout and delivery. The Mount Pleasant and Park Circle locations will remain open. (Eater Carolinas)
Trending ○ By studying data reported from the U.S. Census Bureau, Stacker released a list of the most popular cities to which Charlestonians move. No. 1 on the list is Columbia, but some of the other cities – like Albany, NY + Honolulu, HI – might surprise you. (WCBD)
FeelGood ○ A Charleston woman who survived breast cancer found her own silver linings during chemo, or rather, wrote them. Elizabeth penned 236 poems while undergoing treatment at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Read them here. Ⓟ
Travel ○ Ready to travel (with safety in mind)? Consider a ~1.5-hour road trip to Beaufort, SC to dine outdoors with a view, stroll or bike past historic mansions, and feel that coastal breeze.Pro-tip:Peep their Instagram to kickstart your travel bug, then snag a great rate on downtown accommodations. 🌴 Ⓟ
Dish ○ Daily Harvest helps busy folks stock their homes with clean, delicious food built on real fruits and vegetables. Choose from more than 80 chef-crafted recipes delivered to your door and ready to enjoy in minutes. Get $25 offyour first box with code 6AM. Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
The beetles, which are black + white spotted insects with bluish feet, have caused billions of dollars worth of damage to forests in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and now South Carolina. Once a tree is infected, there is no way to restore its health. 🌳
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.