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Enrollment is Open for CDBG-MIT Buyout Program in Socastee

The enrollment period for the Horry County CDBG-MIT Buyout Program in the Socastee area begins today.

People in the Socastee target area that have experienced repetitive property loss from flooding are eligible to enroll in this program. The County is now accepting applications and scheduling intake appointments for collection of required documentation. The application can be downloaded at the link below.

Once you complete the enrollment form, staff from the Community Development office will contact you to set up an intake appointment. Please note, if you arrive without an appointment, you may experience a significant wait time.

Those appointments will take place every Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. beginning tomorrow, July 13, 2021 and ending August 24, 2021. Appointments may also be scheduled at the Community Development office, located at 100 Elm Street, Conway.

Enrollment is the first step in the application process for homeowners in the Socastee target area (see the map below) that are interested in the buyout program. Due to the grant requirements of the federally-funded program, and depending on individual circumstances, eligible homeowners should expect the buyout process to take 6 to 12 months. The County is working closely with the South Carolina Office of Resilience to move applicants through the process as quickly as possible.

Whenever a new governmental assistance program is rolled out, there is always a potential for fraud, so please be aware that other groups or individuals may be providing information that is not accurate and may seek to compromise your personal information.

More information is available online at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject. If you are interested in enrolling in the CDBG-MIT buyout program in Socastee and have questions, please contact the Horry County Office of Community Development at (843) 915-7033 or email resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org.

 

Who can enroll? Anyone in the Socastee target area (see the map above) that has experienced repetitive property loss from flooding.

What do you need to enroll? The first step is to complete an enrollment form*. Upon receiving a completed enrollment form, County staff will contact individuals to set up appointments to begin the intake process. Please, do not send copies of your personal information or documents via email. You will bring those documents with you for the scheduled intake appointment.

*The enrollment form is not the same as the buyout interest form that interested residents previously submitted.

What is the deadline for enrollment? Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How can I submit my enrollment form? Enrollment forms can be emailed to resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org or mailed to the Horry County Community Development Office located at 100 Elm Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526 attn: Buyout Program. In addition, the Community Development Office will be scheduling appointments at the Socastee Library every Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. beginning July 13, 2021 and ending August 24, 2021. Appointments may also be scheduled at the Community Development office, located at 100 Elm Street, Conway. Appointments are strongly recommended. Without an appointment, you may experience a significant wait time.

 

Download the CDBG-MIT Buyout Program Enrollment Form



SCDRO to Host Mobile Intake Site at James R. Frazier Community Center

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office (SCDRO) will host a mobile intake site at the James R. Frazier Center (1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport, SC 29527) as part of the Hurricane Florence Recovery Project.

Representatives will be onsite at the James R. Frazier Community Center on March 29, March 31, April 6 and April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SCDRO is accepting online applications from citizens in Horry County with remaining Hurricane Florence damage. Applications can be filled out here, or applicants can call (844) 410-8560 with questions and to schedule an appointment for intake. Please see the flyers below for more information.

NOTE: this intake is separate from the Socastee buyout program, please contact SCDRO for more information.

 



Horry County receives approval of one grant needed to fund flood buyout program

Today, the South Carolina Disaster Recover Office SCDRO announced the approval of CDBG-mitigation funding for Horry County that will help buyout properties from flood victims in the Socastee area of Horry County. SCDRO approved $13 million in buyout funding to purchase approximately 60 homes.

In addition, this funding will cover two major mitigation projects in the Bucksport area. This community expressed interest in solutions that would allow them to stay in their homes, and we determined there were some viable projects as a part of the County’s resiliency planning process. Those projects were submitted in this application for funding, and approved.

County Councilmember Cam Crawford said, “I am very encouraged by today’s announcement. I believe this will help provide significant relief to vulnerable members of our community, including the residents of Socastee.”

“We are very thankful that the state is providing Horry County with the funds to complete this critical piece of flood protection for our community,” said Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner. “I also want to thank our local delegation, the Governor, and my fellow county council members for their hard work and advocacy that helped bring us to this moment.”

Horry County submitted an application for the buyout program in December 2020 and has recently learned that a portion of that proposal has been approved through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program. Horry County has been waiting for this program along with our residents for a number of years and we are prepared to expedite the program as quickly as possible in coordination with the state.

This is a voluntary program that will pay for the cost of purchasing, demolishing, and stabilizing lots for over 60 flood-prone homes along the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee. Homes outside of the targeted area will apply directly to SCDRO—more information is available on their website at https://florence.scstormrecovery.com/.

Horry County will be hosting a virtual seminar on March 23, 2021 at 3 p.m. to provide an update to affected residents to be followed by several intake meetings in the designated areas. Anyone who filled out the interest form last year will be contacted by the County with their next steps. Even those who did not fill out the interest form last year are eligible to begin the intake process, assuming they meet the criteria.

Director of Community Development Courtney Frappaolo said, “The Community Development Office is working closely with the state to develop a smooth intake process so that we can help residents get through this program as efficiently as possible. We know that these residents have been tremendously patient and we ask that everyone continue to work together with us as we get this underway.”

Visit horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject to stay informed about these projects. 



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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