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On September 4, 2020
in County News
HORRY COUNTY HOME CONSORTIUM COMPETITIVE APPLICATION FOR HOMEOWNER PROJECTS AND TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE (TBRA) IS NOW OPEN
The Horry County HOME Consortium is seeking applications under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) for homeowner projects and tenant based rental assistance projects. This application process will focus on homeowner construction projects as well as Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).
HOME funds may be used to develop affordable homeownership housing through the acquisition, new construction, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of affordable housing. Activities may include real property acquisition, site improvements, new construction, rehabilitation, reconstruction, conversion, and other expenses including financing costs and temporary relocation expenses of any households, businesses, or organizations.
The TBRA program provides for payments to make up the difference between what a household can afford to pay for housing and the local rent standard. TBRA funds may be used to provide rental assistance to help pay the cost of monthly rent and utility costs, and to pay security deposit assistance to tenants regardless of whether rental and utility subsidies are being provided. Utility deposit assistance may be provided only in conjunction with rental assistance subsidy or security deposit assistance, and cannot be a stand-alone TBRA activity.
The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020 at 5 PM.
Additionally, applications for Community Housing Development Organization CHDO certification and CHDO operating assistance are available for qualifying organizations with a CHDO-eligible project submission. Applications and reference documentation are also available at: https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/CDBG. For more information on HOME Program eligibility and requirements, please visit the Community Development Webpage or visit the HUD Exchange.
On May 18, 2020
in County News
Horry County is prepared to assist residents struggling to pay their rent due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Horry County has received $622,221 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. This federally-funded program will support the temporary expansion of the Homeless Prevention assistance program being offered by the Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) to help families and individuals facing eviction to stay in their homes.
On May 15, 2020, South Carolina courts lifted the moratorium on evictions. The rental assistance program will provide a measure of relief for people who are experiencing sudden economic hardship because of COVID-19, including renters and their landlords.
“This is an unprecedented situation. Our goal is to utilize our federal resources to keep Horry County families safe and in their homes,” said Courtney Frappaolo, Director of Horry County Community Development.
Horry County partners with Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) to provide rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention assistance to Horry County individuals and families. “One of the most important things we can do to prevent homelessness is to keep people housed in the first place,” said Joey Smoak, CEO of ECHO. “Our goal is to ensure that individuals are not forced out of their home as a result of lost income due to COVID-19.”
Applications for assistance will be available via an online application system accessible from ECHO’s website at www.echousing.org. Interested applicants who do not have computer access can call the ECHO Access Point at 843-213-1798 to complete an application over the telephone.
All applicants will be screened for eligibility, must meet targeting threshold requirements, and will be asked to provide documentation including: verification of household income and either a Magistrate’s Court Order of Eviction or a letter from their landlord stating the applicant is behind on rent and will be evicted within 14 days.
On May 15, 2020
in County News
Following the Welcome Back Committee meeting on Thursday, May 14, Horry County Government is launching two survey tools to better understand the unmet needs of our residents and businesses in the COVID-19 environment.
Horry County is requesting input on the greatest community needs related to COVID-19 to direct investment initiatives of federal and state resources awarded to the County including U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) supplemental funding to assist in the response and recovery of the effects of COVID-19. We are requesting that community members take the survey(s) below and help share these tools throughout our community.
Residential Unmet Needs Survey: https://conta.cc/2Lug2QK
Business Unmet Needs Survey: https://conta.cc/3fRfyCe
The deadline to participate is Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The results of these surveys are planned to be presented to the Horry County Welcome Back Committee Meeting scheduled for May 28, 2020.
On April 4, 2016
Conway, South Carolina – To honor April as Fair Housing Month, Horry County Planning & Zoning, Horry County Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), along with partner agencies, will hold five free workshops:
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 5 p.m.
Location: New Simpson Creek Holiness Church, 971 Bennett Loop, Loris
Topic: “Heirs Property & Housing Legal Issues & Housing Rental Assistance and Rehab Programs”
Speakers: Jon Ozolins, South Carolina Legal Services; Joey Smoak, ECHO; John Danford, Horry County Planning & Zoning; Chris Sullivan, Horry County Community Development Block Grant
Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 6 p.m.
Location: Racepath Community Center, 1688 Racepath Street, Myrtle Beach
Topic: Community Town Hall Meeting by Horry County Councilman Jimmy Washington and Rev. Gause, Phoenix Renaissance.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m.
Location: Carolina Forest Library, 2250 Carolina Forest Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Topic: “HOAs and Fair Housing”
Speakers: Pat O’Dea, McCutchen, Mumford, Vaught, O’Dea & Geddie, PA
Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 6 p.m.
Location: Myrtle Beach Housing Authority, 605 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
Topic: “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing-Housing Laws and You”
Speakers: Carol McCall, Myrtle Beach Housing Authority
Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: City of Aynor Town Hall, 600 South Main Street, Aynor
Event: Housing Rehab “Drop In”
Staff: Horry County Community Development’s Housing Inspector & Specialist, His Hands of Horry County Housing Rehab Team
For more information, contact Horry County Community Development Block Grants at 843-915-7033.
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