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Horry County Continues to Monitor COVID-19

Horry County Emergency Management and Public Safety partners are monitoring the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as it continues to spread globally.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Horry County, or in South Carolina.

Following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), County officials would like to remind residents and visitors to practice good hygienic measures, such as:

  • Washing hands properly and often
  • Using hand sanitizer when washing your hands is not an option
  • Coughing and sneezing into the crux of one’s elbow
  • Staying home when sick

Simple, proactive measures such as these will go a long way in preventing the spread of COVID-19, but also the seasonal flu.

County officials will continue to monitor conditions and follow the guidance of our state partners at DHEC.



Horry’s Heroes for March 2020: Gerard Rice

In an effort to recognize the many United States military veterans in Horry County, the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office has a monthly recognition program entitled “Horry’s Heroes” in which a veteran will be featured on the County’s social media platforms each month.

All honorably discharged veterans (active duty, reserve, retired and/or deceased) from 1900 to present are eligible to be featured. All that is needed is a picture and basic information.

The featured veteran for March 2020 is United States Navy E3, Gerard Rice. A Surfside native, Mr. Rice served four-years in Washington, DC in the US Navy Ceremonial Guard. He was honored to be present at the burials of fallen US Navy personnel and to present the United States flag to their widows at Arlington National Cemetery. He participated in inauguration parades for Presidents Nixon and Ford and was part of the funeral proceedings for President Johnson while he lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda. As such, one of his commendations is the Navy Unit Commendation Ceremonial Guard.

For more information or to feature your Hero, contact the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office at (843) 915-5480 or submit your hero here.

 

 



County Officials Release Buyout Program Interest Form

Horry County Officials released a buyout program interest form today for residents in areas impacted by flooding.

Horry County is currently seeking State and/or Federal grant funds to help residents become more resilient to flood events. Many applications require the County to identify and coordinate participation with residents living in unincorporated areas of Horry County before being able to apply for funding.

This interest form will help the County identify interested property owners and put together competitive applications for state and federal funding to support such a program, should those funding sources become available. At this time, the County has not instituted a buyout program or secured any funding for any similar program. The form currently being circulated only allows impacted residents to indicate their interest in these or similar programs.

Impacted residents are encouraged to complete and submit the form below so the County can follow up with them in a timely manner if they and their property is eligible for State or Federal programs. If the County receives funds, residents will be asked to provide additional documentation and complete program specific applications and forms.

The County anticipates applying for grant funding this spring, with funds, if we are awarded any funds, becoming available as early as fall 2020. At the point the County is awarded funds for a buyout program, eligible residents can expect to begin an application process for the specific buyout programs that will come with eligibility criteria that could include household income, duplication of benefits, extent of damage, and location. If a property owner is accepted into a program, the average length of time to complete the program from the date of acceptance is six months to a year.  

Forms will be accepted through Friday, April 3, 2020. The form can be submitted electronically to resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org and forms are available in person at the Community Development Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Forms can also be mailed to that address to the attention of Horry County Community Development.

The form is available for download at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.

For questions about how to complete the form, call 843-915-7033.

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Horry County to Accept Applications for Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant Projects

Horry County is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for eligible Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) projects for the 2020 funding cycle. A total of $225,000 in CDBG and $175,000 in ESG funding will be made available for eligible projects.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities and services, and improved economic opportunities. Applications for public service and public facility projects must primarily serve low to moderate-income persons. A workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds are provided by HUD to assist projects that benefit homeless persons and individuals at risk of homelessness. Qualifying non-profit organizations may apply for funding for eligible projects through ESG. While a public workshop will not be held for ESG project applications, questions may be directed to Michael Dobson.

For more information, contact Horry County Community Development. Applications are available for download on the Horry County Community Development website.



Upcoming Meetings for March 2-6, 2020

Planning Commission

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Please note: The Horry County Registration & Elections Office will be closed Wednesday, March 11, 2020, through Friday, March 13, 2020, for staff training.



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