Asset Building Programs

Our award-winning Asset Building Department programs include but are not limited to the following: Financial Literacy Classes, Free Tax Preparation (VITA), and One-on-One Budgeting.


Financial Literacy Class Icon  Financial Literacy Class

Dates: Offered in Charleston County on Mondays
Offered in Berkeley and Dorchester Counties on Wednesdays


  • Group class with great budgeting tips
  • Will conduct class offsite upon request with notice
  • Required for second service in LIHEAP program starting in May of 2022
  • Second referral will be a virtual 90 day interactive budgeting course


This information is gathered through referrals made by the other departments within the agency.

  • Genuine interest in money management minimum of 90 days commitment

Documents needed:

  • State issued ID
  • Proof of household income for the past thirty days
  • One-on-One Budgeting Icon One-on-One Budgeting

    Dates: Offered Monday through Thursday


    • One-on-one sessions available upon request or referral
    • Second referral will be a virtual 90-day interactive budgeting course (group or one-on-one)


    • Genuine interest in money management minimum of 90 days commitment
    • Meet CSBG income guidelines

    Documents needed:

    • State issued ID
    • Proof of household income for the past thirty days

    Free Tax Preparation (VITA) Icon Free Tax Preparation (VITA)

    Dates: December through October only


    • Electronic filing
    • Earned income and child tax credits

    What Do I Need to Bring?
    You must have the following:

    • Social Security Cards or Tax Identification Number (TIN) cards for everyone in the household you are including on your tax return
    • W-2 forms as proof of income for you and/or your spouse
    • 1099 Self-Employment form (if self-employed)
    • Property Tax Statements (if any)
    • Alimony Statement (if any)
    • Child Care expense statement (if any)
    • Unemployment Compensation statement (if any)
    • Rental Income (if any)
    • Student Loan information (if any)
    • State issued identification card (unexpired driver’s license, I.D. card)
    • Pension or retirements statements (if any)
    • Social Security or Railroad retirement statements (if any)
    • Other income such as lottery winnings, awards, prizes etc. (if any)


    • Low to moderate income residents of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

    Housing Support Icon Housing Support / Stability

    Dates: February until funds are exhausted


    • Stabilizing services after crisis
    • Budgeting and savings tutorials
    • Landlord / tenant rights counseling
    • 3-5 months financial assistance with rent
    • Minimal mortgage assistance with emergency
    • Note: Crisis rental services offered through Rental assistance under Outreach programs


    • Participant must be 18 years or older
    • Participant must have a lease in their name
    • Meet CSBG income guidelines
    • Have source of verifiable income
    • Genuine interest in safe, affordable housing & money management

    Documents needed:

    • State issued ID
    • Proof of household income for the past thirty days

    Call (843) 720-3718 for more information on the Asset Building program.
    To schedule an appointment, please call 1-844-769-6448 or visit our Schedule An Appointment page.


    This department provides financial literacy classes, one-on-one budgeting sources, free VITA tax preparation and housing stability.

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    Asset Building

    & Education

    The mission of this program is to increase self-sufficiency and develop strategies to ensure a better quality of life through employment and educational opportunities for both youth and adults.

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    Employment & Education


    Palmetto CAP’s General Emergency Assistance Program (or GEAP) provides financial assistance to households who have encountered an unexpected financial hardship including rental assistance to avoid eviction. Assistance is provided once every 24 months.

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    Outreach &
    Temporary Assistance

    By providing temporary assistance with food, water and shelter, Palmetto CAP’s Outreach department provides vital services to address citizens’ most basic needs. Being able to meet basic needs is the foundation of financial stability.

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    Outreach & Temporary Assistance

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    Palmetto Community Action Partnership is currently accepting appointments for the programs. Eligibility for all programs is subject to program calendars, fund availability, appointment availability, verifiable household income and family size.

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    List of documents that are required, in addition to other eligibility requirements, to complete an application for Palmetto CAP services.

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    Required Documents