General Emergency Assistance Program


Palmetto Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce an improved way to access financial aid through the General Emergency Assistance Program!  This program helps income-eligible applicants with rent, medical needs, recovery from natural disasters, eyeglasses and temporary shelter in an effort to help them maintain financial independence.  Citizens will now be able to schedule a convenient time for GEAP case managers to conduct a thorough screening for program eligibility using our website or toll-free hotline.  This replaces the previous method of call-in dates that often resulted in long wait times.

To schedule a pre-screening call ONLINE, please visit the  Schedule An Appointment page.  To schedule a pre-screening call OVER THE PHONE, please call 1-844-769-6448.  Charleston residents are asked to call on Tuesdays to check for available screening times. Dorchester and Berkeley residents are asked to call on Thursdays.  View a printable flier of this announcement HERE!



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

Schedule an

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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Schedule an Appointment


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