Richland County DSS(803) 714-7300
3220 Two Notch Rd.
Columbia, SC - 29204
Services provided at this office: State run Family Independence Program.
Family Independence is a time-limited program that assists families with dependent children when families cannot provide for their basic needs.
The program assists low income families meet basic needs by providing cash assistance, supportive services, and training and employment opportunities. The Family Independence Program is designed to serve both single-parent and two-parent families, as well as households with disabled adults. In many instances these families would be eligible for SNAP benefits and Medicaid.
Low income families with dependent children may be eligible for these services. Families must be residents of South Carolina and willing to participate in the Family Independence Work Program. Applicants must assist in pursuing child support from parents absent from the household.
After eligibility determination, a case manager works with the family to develop a plan to achieve self-sufficiency within 24 months. This involves evaluating the family through interviews, assessments and screening tools. The plan includes employment preparation through training, work experience, and job search. Families are provided with support services and a monthly stipend to support the plan.
Employment planning and placement classes
Limited vocational education
Childcare and transportation for training and employment
Limited transitional services with employment
Earned income tax credit
Relocation to obtain employment
Child support services
You can apply online, or complete, sign and return an application to the local Department of Social Services in the county of residence. Applications can be obtained through any county Department of Social Services office.