Humanities Foundation’s ShelterNet helps families and individuals who have suffered a crisis or setback by providing emergency financial assistance to enable them to stay in their homes or to prevent the loss of essential utility services such as gas, power or water.

“…I could not have helped my client and her family keep their home without you. I am so glad we have wonderful agencies like yours around…” – Christi Crockett, Charleston County DSS



Step 1: Contact one of the ShelterNet Referral Organizations (SRO) to complete application.

Click here for list of participating ShelterNet Referral Organizations.

Clients seeking assistance should not contact ShelterNet directly.

Step 2: SRO will assist you in completing the application and submit on your behalf.

Application document may include: a picture ID, proof of gross monthly income from all family members currently employed, and copies of the delinquent utility bill, disconnection notice, or eviction notice.

Step 3: ShelterNet staff will review application. If application is approved, the SRO contact will be informed of approval.

Step 4: Assistance checks are mailed to the billing source such as the landlord or the utility company usually within about 10 business days.

Checks will not be sent to the client.


Did you know it takes as little as $300 to keep a family from losing their home, but as much as $3000 to move them back into a home once they become homelessness?

ShelterNet was created in 1995 to help prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial assistance. The fund pays one-time costs such as rental/utility deposits, overdue rent or mortgage payments if the recipient can demonstrate an ability to otherwise make ends meet.

ShelterNet receives referrals for financial assistance from social service and mental health agencies, programs for the aging, as well as from hospitals, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, and other resources who work with low-income families and individuals in need.


But We Can’t Do it Alone…

ShelterNet depends on contributions from members of the community to support our efforts to keep our neighbors in their homes. To date over 50,000 people have been assisted.

Every single donation has an immediate impact – donations made today help prevent a family from becoming homeless or losing their utility service tomorrow.

Donate today to make a secure online, tax deductible donation!


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