The Office of Economic Opportunity administers funds to Community Action Agencies and other non-profit agencies to eliminate causes of poverty, increase self-sufficiency of individuals and families, prevent homelessness and revitalize communities. These programs work in a variety of ways to improve the lives of the citizens of South Carolina.

Community Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides an array of funding for local community initiatives, including assistance for program-eligible households in areas such as education, employment, emergencies, housing, nutrition and health care. Community programs are intended to encourage families toward self-sufficiency.

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Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is a competitive grant issued each year to community-based shelters and traditional housing facilities, non-profit organizations that provide housing and counseling assistance to the state's homeless population and to those at-risk of becoming homeless.

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides home energy assistance to help eligible low-income households meet their home heating and/or cooling needs. (LIHEAP is a block grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

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Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides home weatherization assistance to improve the quality of life for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities and children by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

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