IMPORTANT INFORMATION for SNAP and TANF Applications
You may apply for SNAP and/or TANF benefits online, submit your completed application form in the secure, outside drop box at any county office, mail or fax your application.
- To apply online, please visit the DSS Benefits Portal
- To submit an application or renewal via fax, send to (803) 734-2012.
- If you need an application or a renewal form mailed to you, please call 1-800-616-1309.
Reporting Changes, Submitting Verification, and Submitting Renewal Forms for SNAP and/or TANF
You may report changes, submit requested verification, or submit renewal/redetermination forms for SNAP and/or TANF benefits by submitting information in the following ways:
- By mail;
- By faxing your local county office. Click here to find your county's SNAP/TANF fax number.
- By emailing your local county office. Click here for a listing of county email addresses.
- By submitting information in the secure, outside drop box at any county office.
To report a change or inquire on the status of your SNAP and/or TANF case via telephone, please call 1-800-616-1309.
The number of South Carolinians receiving public assistance continues to decrease. In August 2017, 22,548 South Carolina residents received TANF benefits; the lowest since before 2007.
The number of TANF recipients peaked in October 2010 at 53,438. Since that time, the caseload has fallen 58 percent.
Approximately 79 percent of TANF recipients are children under the age of 18.
The income threshold for South Carolina’s TANF program is approximately 50 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). For example, a single parent with two children who receives $10,212 or less per year ($851 per month) in income may qualify for benefits.
In South Carolina the average monthly TANF grant amount is $207.
How does DSS help?
Low-income families, whether the household has one parent or two parents, may be eligible for these services.
Families enrolled in the program are offered employment training and placement, childcare and transportation while in employment training, and a monthly stipend all designed to help parents get back to work and maintain self-sufficiency.
A caseworker is assigned to each family, who will offer assessments to see if additional screenings or services are required and will work with families to design a plan to ensure family stability within 24 months.