Creating Brighter Futures by Preserving Existing
Housing and Encouraging Home Ownership
Southeastern Housing Foundation (SHF) is a non-profit foundation
formed in 1976 to create quality, safe, and affordable housing opportunities.
Reorganized in 1997, SHF works in partnership with SC Regional Housing
Authority No. 3 to transform renters into homeowners through the Homeownership Program. In addition, SHF owns more than 600 multi-family housing
units, which are managed by SC Regional Housing Authority No. 3. Utilizing
state and federal resources, SHF has recently renovated these units
into new, quality housing for residents.
In partnership with SC Regional Housing Authority No. 3, SHF has
become a major force to both modernize older public housing units
as well as take responsibility for developing new rental housing.
Through purchasing older housing complexes, SHF has utilized state
and federal grants to renovate more than 460 units of 1970ís era housing.
As a housing developer, SHF is working to develop large projects across
the state to alleviate critical shortages in affordable single, multi-family,
and senior housing.
Southeastern Housing Foundation currently operates 476 subsidized
units and 233 non-subsidized (private sector) units. These units range
from a high-rise apartment building to row townhouses to duplexes.
Bedroom sizes range from one to as many as four bedroom apartments.
In order to be admitted into a SHF subsidized unit, an applicant must
meet the same five eligibility requirements as an applicant applying
for admission in a Public Housing unit. Those five eligibility requirements
are summarized below.
For more detailed information on these eligibility requirements,
see the Public Housing section
of this web site.
How to Apply
To apply for a subsidized housing unit a family must first complete
a preliminary application form, which is designed to gather basic
information and establish any preferences to which the family
may be entitled. Preliminary application forms are taken on Mondays
from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Southeastern Housing Foundation’s
Ellenton Street office, 10938 Ellenton St., Barnwell, SC 29812.
To have a preliminary application form mailed to you, please call
After completing a preliminary application and determined to be
eligible for a subsidized unit, the applicant family's name is
placed on a waiting list. Factors such as local preferences, bedroom
sizes required; and application dates are used to determine movement
to the top of the waiting list.
When a family appears to be nearing the top of the waiting list,
the family will be invited to an interview and the verification
process will begin. If the family is still determined to be eligible
for subsidized housing, the family will complete a full application,
present Social Security number and citizenship/eligible immigrant
documentation, and sign Consent for Release of Information forms.
These units operate like any other unit in the private sector.
While there are no income limit requirements, applicants must
still be considered suitable for occupancy and sign all required
consent documents, including a formal lease agreement. A criminal
background check and credit profile is also obtained on the applicant.
If an applicant's criminal background check reveals a history
of interfering with the health, safety, or well being of other
residents, participating in drug-related criminal activity, or
engaging in violent criminal behavior, applications for housing
may be denied. Housing may also be denied for applicants with
poor credit scores.
Deer Run Development
The Deer Run development consists of both subsidized and non-subsidized
rental units. Of the 48 units under management, 20 are earmarked
for assistance through the USDA Rural Development office. Applicants
applying for admission into one of the 20 assisted units cannot
have annual gross income that exceeds the Income Limits set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD). All other rules related to admission into non-subsidized
housing still apply to these special units. For more information
about the USDA Rural Development program, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov.
How to Apply
To apply for a non-subsidized housing unit a family must complete
an application form for the development in which they wish to
live. This form is designed to gather basic information from the
applicant such as the number of family members who will be living
in the unit, employment status, and credit references. Application
forms are available for pickup or completion at Southeastern Housing
Foundation’s Ellenton Street office, 10938 Ellenton St.,
Barnwell, SC 29812 or by calling (800) 922-5504.
If an applicant meets the suitability requirements and a unit
is currently not available for occupancy, the applicant's name
is placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is maintained on
a first come, first serve basis.
All inquiries about Southeastern Housing Foundation should be