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Horry County Partnership Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Plan Meetings

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has partnered with Myrtle Beach, Conway, the Myrtle Beach Housing Authority, the Conway Housing Authority and the Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization to develop the Horry County Partnership Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Plan.  Fair Housing is a right protected by both federal and state law and entitles everyone to equal access housing regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, source of income, or any arbitrary reason.  Fair Housing applies to rental housing, homes for sale, advertising, home loans and home insurance.  Affirmative Fair Housing promotes fair housing and empowers and gives special assistance to groups that have been historically disadvantaged.

The AFFH Plan will include an analysis of current and historical fair housing issues within Horry County.  Public participation is a key component of developing a successful plan.  Throughout the month of September, Horry County and its partner agencies will conduct community meetings to discuss residents’ housing experiences and issues related to Fair Housing.  Residents are encouraged to participate by attending the meetings and/or completing the online survey found at  The plan will be available for public review and comment in the spring of 2017.

The meeting times, dates and locations are as follows:


Tuesday, September 13 at 5 p.m.

Conway Housing Authority

2303 Leonard Avenue, Conway


Wednesday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Horry County Memorial Library-Green Sea Branch

5331Highway 9, Green Sea


Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m.

Mary C. Canty Recreation Center

901 Canal Street, Myrtle Beach


Tuesday, September 20 at 9 a.m.

Myrtle Beach Housing Authority

605 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach


Wednesday, September 21 at 4:45 p.m.

Horry County Memorial Library-Loris Branch

4316 Main Street, Loris


Thursday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Horry County Memorial Library-Aynor Branch

500 9th Avenue, Aynor

For more information, contact the Horry County Community Block Grant Development (CDBG) Office at 843-915-6184.


Socastee Library to Expand Hours

Conway, South Carolina – The Socastee branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will expand its Saturday closing time from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. starting Saturday, October 1, 2016.  The expanded hours gives Horry County citizens two county libraries that are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays (Conway and Socastee). 

For more information on Horry County Memorial Library System hours, locations, programs, events and more, visit them online.


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5 at 8 a.m. this morning with the passing of Tropical Storm Hermine. OPCON 5 means that Horry County is operating under normal conditions.

Overnight there were several issues including trees down (approximately 10 reported in the western parts of the county) and flooding of streets along the coast and some inland. Roads should be open and passable this morning, although a couple of road washouts were reported in Murrells Inlet area. No structural damage was reported.

The Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) will be activated until noon today. Unincorporated residents can call and report any drainage issues or damage to roads. 

Horry County Emergency Management encourages beachgoers to still use caution when swimming in the ocean this weekend as strong rip currents could still be an issue. Swimmers should follow the below safety tips: 

Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury.
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it. 
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!


Conway, South Carolina – Due to localized impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, Horry County will activate its Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) tonight until 7 p.m. and on Saturday, September 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. This number is available to citizens in the unincorporated areas of the county to report any drainage issues or road damage.

The Road & Drainage Hotline is normally activated Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Horry County Stormwater and Public Works crews will be in the field as necessary, making sure drainage systems are open and flowing. If citizens need assistance after the hotline closes, they can call the non-emergency number at the Horry County Dispatch Center at (843) 248-1520.