Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
-- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $8.1 million in housing grants in Aiken, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Lexington, and Myrtle Beach.
The City of Aiken will receive a $220,161 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
Charleston County will receive a $2,080,165 CDBG award, $974,131 for the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), an $88,890 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and $18,392 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI).
The City of Columbia will receive a $1,350,639 CDBG award, $1,041,000 for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, and $826,501 for the HOME Program.
The City of Florence will receive a $347,365 CDBG award.
Lexington County will receive a $1,014,447 CDBG award.
Myrtle Beach will receive a $206,338 CDBG award.
- The Community Development Block Grant Program develops communities and provides housing by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
- The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing by allowing communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
- The Emergency Shelter Grant program improves the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.
- The American Dream Down Payment Initiative promotes homeownership opportunities by providing necessary resources for down payment and closing cost assistance to lower-income and minority households.
- The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program provides housing assistance and related support services to state and local governments.
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.