Waccamaw EOC Community Services Programs offers an array of services and resources, as well as case management, to empower and lead our customers down the pathway towards economic self-sufficiency. Customers receive assistance from one of two funding sources, Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

    Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded program that provides direct assistance and case management to encourage and maintain self-sufficiency. It directly assist households that do not exceed 125% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The services consists of the General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP), Housing Support, Employment Training, Youth Employment Training Skills Program (YETS) and Health and Wellness Program.
    GEAP provide assistance with an eviction notice, burnout and relocation. All services require a 30 day emergency.
    Housing Support Program assists with rent and security deposits. The households must show proof of sustainability to receive assistance.
    Employment Training Program is designed to assist customers with a short-term course and/or take a certification examination to obtain or maintain employment.
    Health and Wellness Program will assist with dental, eye exams, eyeglasses or non-narcotic medications.
    YETS is an eight (8) week program for high school youths between the ages of 16 to 18 years old. The youths will obtain employability training and character building skills. They will also receive a weekly stipend and summer internship with a local agency/company.

    Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that provides assistance to low-income households, particularly those who pay a high proportion of their household income for home energy needs. It directly assists households that do not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The services consists of Direct Assistance (DA) and Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP).
    DA is designed to provide financial assistance to help households avert, prevent, deter and avoid a crisis.
    ECIP is designed to assist households who may find themselves in danger of having their services disconnected due to unexpected emergencies (circumstances). All emergencies must be documented.

    If you know someone that needs assistance, ask them to call their local Community Services Office. Applications are taken by appointment only, Monday through Thursday. Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for elderly (60 years and older) and disabled applicants only. Assistance is subject to income eligibility and availability of funds.

    CSBG Locations
    In Horry, Georgetown & Williamsburg Counties

    Office hours are 9:00 to 4:00, Monday through Thursday. Appointments are required. Clients are served from the county they live in. For an appointment, call or visit one of the offices below. Click the blue location name to see a map.

    Many people in our community are in need of assistance.
    If the phones are busy when you call, please be patient and call again.

    More About Community Services Block Grant Program

    This program directly assists customers that do not exceed 125% of the poverty level. CSBG includes the General Emergency Assistance Program which addresses emergency needs of a household to obtain or purchase food, clothing and medical services, as well as assistance with rent or mortgage payments and repairs to home heating or cooling devices.

    The Employment Training and Housing Program assists low income customers, through training and education, with obtaining or maintaining employment. The Housing Program assists with rental payments or deposits to access or maintain housing.

    The Youth Employment Training Program (YETS) assists an average of 28 youths, ages 16 to 18, in receiving job-training skills by placing them in private and non-private agencies. They receive training in character building, employability, and other useful topics.

    The Community Services Block Grant Programs serve about 10,000 customers annually.

    CSBG is the main source of federal funding for Community Action in the United States. Funding allows individuals and families to meet their basic needs, educate themselves, achieve self-sufficiency and improve their communities in the ways that make the most sense. One of the key advantages to block grants like CSBG is that the funding is flexible, so the people who know an area best – people who live, work and raise their families there – decide what’s needed most.


    The Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    This federally-funded program is designed to help our State’s low income households pay the price of home energy and to increase energy self-sufficiency. Direct assistance applications are taken from fall through winter with heating assistance, and from spring through summer for cooling assistance.

    The Emergency Crisis Intervention Program is available for low-income families who may find themselves in danger of having their services disconnected during the winter for heating, or the summer for cooling.

    The program goals are different every year based on a community assessment but recently the goals have been to expand our outreach to households that have never been served by the Agency. We want to offer assistance to the eligible households with the highest energy needs and lowest incomes. We want to increase efficiency of energy usage and broaden the reach of LIHEAP funds by identifying resources and utilizing energy counseling for applicants.

    Our hope is to identify inefficient home heating and cooling systems and repair and or replace them depending on our funding. The Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program serves approximately 25,000 customers per year.