Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter is any facility, the primary purpose of which is to provide a temporary shelter for the homeless in general or for specific populations of those experiencing homelessness and which does not require occupants to sign leases or occupancy agreements.

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing is conceptualized as an intermediate step between emergency crisis shelter and permanent housing. It is more long-term, service-intensive and private than emergency shelters, yet remains time-limited to stays of three months to three years. It is meant to provide a safe, supportive environment where residents can overcome trauma, begin to address the issues that led to homelessness or kept them homeless, and begin to rebuild their support network.

All transitional programs are currently available to eligible Veterans & their families.
Please contact the VA Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) for more information.
Mon- Fri 8AM-4:30PM walk ins accepted
2424 City Hall Ln.
North Charleston, SC 29406

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid ReHousing is considered a permanent housing intervention designed to move homeless individuals and families into permanent housing as quickly as possible by providing housing location services and financial assistance for housing related expenses (e.g. rent deposit, ongoing rental assistance, moving costs). Services are designed with a housing first approach to move individuals and families in permanent housing and keep them stable once they are there

Permanent Supportive Housing

Using a housing first approach, program participants are provided with rapid access to permanent housing with minimal preconditions. Good credit or rental history are not required to receive housing.

Tenants can remain in their homes as long as the basic requirements of tenancy are met—paying the rent (as applicable), not interfering with other tenants’ use of their homes, not causing property damage, etc. This ensures participants have a private and secure place to make their home, just like other members of the community, and provides them with a stable foundation from which they can pursue their goals.


Housing relocation and stabilization services and short-and/or medium-term rental assistance as necessary to prevent previously homeless individuals or families from moving to an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation.

The costs of homelessness prevention are only eligible to the extent that the assistance is necessary to help the program participant regain stability in their current housing or move into other permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing.

Eligible costs include:

  • Rental Assistance: rental assistance and rental arrears

  • Financial assistance: rental application fees, security and utility deposits, utility payments, last month's rent, moving costs

  • Services: housing search and placement, housing stability case management, landlord-tenant mediation, tenant legal services, credit repair