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Horry County Invites Proposals for Infrastructure, Housing and Public Service Projects

Horry County is now accepting applications for infrastructure projects to be funded through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). In addition, Horry County is now accepting pre-applications for public service and housing projects to be funded through Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) and/or American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

Applications for both can be downloaded at https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/CDBG/ARPA. Applications may also be obtained by emailing arpa@horrycounty.org.

The County will host a meeting on Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. in Multipurpose Room B, at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, located at 1301 Second Avenue, Conway, SC, 29526 to address requirements and respond to questions regarding the Public Service and Housing application. This session will also be streamed through the Horry County website at horrycounty.org/video/all and Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

On Thursday, November 4 at 2 p.m., the County will host a virtual webinar to provide organizations considering submitting a proposal in response to the Infrastructure – Water and Sewer solicitation an opportunity to ask questions. The session will be broadcast live on the Horry County Government Facebook Page, Government Access Channel, and on the County website at horrycounty.org/video/all.

Participants can submit their questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or emailing arpa@horrycounty.org.

 

Find more about each of these calls for proposals below:

Request for Proposals: American Rescue Plan (ARP), Infrastructure Application

Notice of Intent (Required) Due: Friday, November 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Application Due: Friday, December 3 at 5 p.m.

This ARP funding round will focus on infrastructure projects. Specifically, proposals for water and sewer improvement projects will be accepted for this solicitation. Infrastructure projects funded through this program should primarily benefit residents of unincorporated Horry County.

Horry County will receive $68.8 Million in ARP funds, of which up to $8.2 Million will be made available to agencies for eligible public service, housing, and infrastructure projects from the County’s first appropriation of ARP funding. ARP funds are authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Additional funding may be appropriated for this initiative in future rounds.

Review the Full Application Here

Request for Proposals: Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) & American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Service and Housing Proposal Pre-Application

Pre-application Due: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5 p.m.         

Application Due: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 5 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) Program funds to Horry County to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, funds have been made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for public service and housing projects.

CDBG-CV funds will be made available for public service projects that prevent, prepare for, or respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Additionally, Horry County will receive $68.8 Million in ARPA funds, of which up to $8.2 Million will be made available to agencies for eligible public service, housing, and infrastructure projects. Additional funding may be appropriated for this initiative in future round.

Review the Full Pre-Application Here

 



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. 



Horry County Community Development Office Closes to the Public October 7- October 9, 2020

The Horry County Community Development Office will be closed to the public Wednesday, October 7, 2020 through Friday, October 9, 2020 while they move their office space. They are temporarily relocating to a facility located at 128 Professional Park Drive in Conway before moving to their new permanent office space in the former Santee Cooper building located on the corner of Second and Elm Street in downtown Conway after the New Year.

The facility located at 1515 Fourth Avenue in Conway, where the Community Development offices were previously located, will now house only the Voters Registration and Elections Offices, allowing that office to expand.

While the Community Development office is closed to the public this week, employees will still be working to facilitate the move. During the office closure, phone service may be limited. If you need to be in touch with the office during that time, please email Courtney Frappaolo at FrappaoloC@horrycounty.org. The offices are scheduled to re-open to the public in their new temporary location on Monday, October 12.



Horry County HOME Consortium - Solicitation for Homeowner and TBRA Projects

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



Horry County Partners with Eastern Carolina Housing Organization to Provide Rental Assistance to Residents

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.



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