Aug 11 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the City of Charleston has been awarded a $225,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed programs in the city. Weed and Seed is a strategy which aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. This is the third award for the Charleston program which serves the city’s central business district, historic district, major educational and medical facilities, and four neighborhoods immediately adjacent to these areas. During this project period, program goals include reducing drug trafficking, illegal drug use and associated crime; increasing interaction between law enforcement agencies, residents, and business owners; focusing on faith-based/community based programs that target youth and provide positive alternatives to crime; and eliminating blight and deterioration in the target areas. “We need to ensure all our neighborhoods are safe from crime and drug abuse,” said Graham. “The programs funded through these grants take a unique approach to achieving that goal.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####
Aug 06 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today fire departments in Belton, Gaffney, Lyman, Marion and Wagner have received grants totaling more than $350,000 for fire operations and firefighter safety program. Belton Cheddar Fire Department will receive $64,046. Gaffney Gaffney Fire Department will receive $60,921. Lyman Holly Springs Fire Department will receive $20,763. Marion Temperance Hill Volunteer Fire Department will receive $56,763. Marion Rural Fire Department will receive $74,700. Wagener Wagener Fire Department will receive $76,605. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant can be used to help the fire department improve training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase firefighting and personal protective equipment; and make modifications to fire stations and facilities. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The Assistance program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants were awarded by the Department of Homeland Security. ####
Aug 04 2003
Wes Hickam (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on news that U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings will retire from the Senate in 2004. “Senator Hollings has answered his state and nation’s call serving in World War II, as a member of the state legislature, Governor, and for more than thirty years as a U.S. Senator. “He tells you what he thinks, whether you agree with him or not. He’s one of the most direct and straightforward people I’ve met in political life. He’s also been incredibly kind to me as South Carolina’s first new Senator in thirty seven years. “Senator Hollings has a great ability to set aside philosophical differences and work with anyone for the betterment of our state. It’s a trait I admire and should serve as wise guidance for all of us representing South Carolina in Congress. “I wish him and Mrs. Hollings all the best in their new endeavors and am confident they will continue to contribute to the well-being of our state and nation.” #####
Aug 01 2003
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Greenville, Florence, Columbia, Aiken, Anderson, Myrtle Beach, and Richland County have received community development and housing assistance grants worth more than $9.6 million dollars. The money will support the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs.
- Greenville will receive $1.35 million for CDBG Programs for acquisition, demolition, and clearance of substandard properties; housing rehabilitation; direct homeownership assistance; neighborhood and infrastructure improvements in Special Emphasis Neighborhoods; and public services such as employment training and job placement, fair housing initiatives, and youth programs; $422,000 in HOME Investment Partnership funds; and $390,000 in HOPWA funds.
- Florence will receive $421,000 for CDBG Programs primarily consisting of housing rehabilitation, affordable homeownership opportunities, public services, code enforcement, and economic development.
- Columbia will receive $1.55 million for CDGB Programs, $914,000 for HOME Investment Partnership Programs, and $862,000 for HOPWA programs. The funds will be used to provide housing rehabilitation and new construction in the city’s neighborhoods.
- Aiken will receive $263,000 for CDGB Programs for public services, housing rehabilitation and development, demolition, and lot clearance.
- Anderson will receive $945,000 for CDGB Programs for acquisition, demolition and clearance of substandard properties; housing rehabilitation; public facilities improvements; fair housing initiatives; assistance to microenterprises and small businesses; and two Section 108 loan repayments.
- Myrtle Beach will receive $244,000 for CDGB Programs to support major infrastructure improvements in the Booker T. Washington Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy area.
- Richland County will receive $1.68 million for CDGB Programs and $647,000 for HOME Investment Partnership Programs. The funds will be used for activities including emergency housing repair, public sewer facilities, neighborhood revitalization, and planning and administration.
- The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) develops viable communities and provides decent housing and a suitable living environment by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
- The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing for low-income households. It allows communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
- The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) addresses the housing needs of low-income persons diagnosed with AIDS.