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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.



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.



Horry County to Postpone Applications for HUD Funding

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County will seek applicants for funding early this spring.  HUD funding allocations have not been issued for the upcoming program year and the availability of future funding is uncertain; therefore, Horry County will postpone the HUD-funded program solicitation process for 2019-2020. Horry County will not be accepting applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), or HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding at this time.

Horry County will reopen the application process at a future date and does not anticipate programmatic changes. Questions will be addressed as a part of the application process upon re-initiation. Any organization desiring to be included in the distribution of the notice of funding availability should send an email request with their name and organization. Applications will also be posted on the Horry County Community Development website upon the announcement of the funding round.    

Please continue to visit Horry County Community Development for the latest information and resources.



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