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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Six months after Congress approved spending tens of billions of dollars to bail out renters facing eviction, South Carolina was just reaching its first tenants. All nine of them.

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Tammy Phelps had high hopes and big plans for 2020. She had planned to buy her own home and move out of the rental where she and her five children had been living since her divorce five years ago. She and her boyfriend were planning a wedding.

Gym owners and mall tenants waited eagerly this week for the state’s phase four reopening guidelines so they could get back to business after being closed more than three months for the coronavirus. Instead, they found out that they are excluded from phase four, and that there is no timeline set for them to reopen. “We are very disappointed.

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