Federal housing assistance will finally be available for Richland County homeowners who suffered damage and mold after the October 2015 flood.
It took a year and a half for the federal money to become available to local citizens, and even then, not everyone will get assistance. Applications will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 15. Residents will be able to apply until June 15, or whenever the 600 applicant limit is reached.
Applications can be submitted via mail, but must be postmarked May 15 or later. Those postmarked May 15 are guaranteed to be considered, even if the 600-applicant limit has been exceeded. The same guarantee does not apply to mailed applications postmarked May 16 or later.
Emailed registration forms must be sent after 9 a.m. on May 15; those sent before 9 a.m. will not be accepted.
While residents can apply via email, or through the postal mail, submitting the application in person on May 15, is the best way to ensure that it is considered. Every registration received between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. will be considered, even if there have already been over 600 applicants. Any applicants who are in line by 5 p.m. will be allowed to submit their form for consideration at either of the two in-person locations.
The doors will open at 9 a.m. at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., in Columbia, and at Gadsden Park Community Center, 1668 S. Goodwin Circle, in Gadsden.
Applications from low to moderate income residents are a priority for the federal aid program. To obtain the registration form or for more information visit www.rcgov.us/floodrecovery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-964-1589.
2020 Hampton St
Columbia, SC 29204-1002