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Community Services

Grant Opportunity Posting

The Community Services Department provides administrative and financial oversight for County grant activities. The department also administers Community Development Block Grants, which are designed to improve housing and neighborhoods in economically disadvantaged areas and to provide economic development for local government agencies.


Community Services Department

Five-Year Consolidated Plan (2011- 2016)
This comprehensive document outlines Charleston County's priorities for housing and community development projects in the coming years. The application conference and request for applications are generally available in late winter/early spring through the Charleston County Procurement Department.
Table of Contents | CONSOLIDATED PLAN (2011-2016)
Program Year 2014 Annual Action Plan – DRAFT
Program Year 2013 Annual Action Plan
Emergency Solutions Grant Substantial Amendment and PY 2011 Annual Action Plan
Program Year 2012 Annual Action Plan

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
Currently, Charleston County receives Community Development Block Grant, HOME and Emergency Shelter Grant funds through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office in order to address our community’s low-to-moderate income needs. Every year, the County publishes a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) that provides an overview of the project status, performance measures and fiscal expenditures for the HUD funds. The CAPER is posted annually for public comment during the month of September in accordance with the Citizen Participation Plan.

2012 – 2013 CAPER, Program Year 2
Table of Contents-Intro | 2011 – 2012 CAPER, Program Year 1

Fair Housing
The Charleston County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) examines policies and practices that may limit residents' ability to choose housing in an environment free from discrimination. The AI assembles fair housing information, identifies any existing barriers that limit housing choice, and proposes actions to overcome those barriers. The County's AI was drafted collaboratively with the City of Charleston and the City of North Charleston.
ANALYSIS TO IMPEDIMENTS (AI)

All recipients of HUD funding are required to prominently display the Fair Housing Poster in their place of business with access to community members. Available in English and Spanish.
FAIR HOUSING POSTER
FAIR HOUSING POSTER (Spanish)

Functions
The Community Services Department actively seeks available grant funding for County programs and provides administrative and financial oversight for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These activities include the Urban Entitlement Program. Urban Entitlement funding through HUD is designed to improve housing and neighborhoods in economically disadvantaged areas. This is accomplished by various community development activities and by sub-granting funding to area organizations through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Partnership Investment (HOME), and the newly-created Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

  • Urban Entitlement Program
    • Administers the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
    • Operates federally-funded programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    • Gives technical assistance to sub-grantee organizations
    • Operates a well and septic systems upgrade program in economically disadvantaged areas of the County
    • Provides funding for public infrastructure and affordable housing development through the use of federal funds awarded to local organizations
  • Special Projects
    • Seeks funding opportunities through research of available grants offered by federal, state and local organizations.
    • Manages the Charleston Development Corporation. The Charleston Development Corporation's mission is to further human, social and economic development in Charleston County and to promote a healthier and safer community. The principal objective of the corporation is to benefit the community by fostering a positive social environment, thereby reducing the burdens of government and combating community deterioration. This includes, but is not limited to, fostering residential housing development, reducing unsanitary water and sewage conditions, encouraging existing and new industrial growth, and addressing the problems related to the use of alcohol and other drugs.

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Charleston County Community Services Resource Directory
Charleston County Community Services has prepared a Resource Directory that may be of benefit to County residents when a need occurs. This directory offers organization names and telephone numbers to local agencies that address victim assistance, fair housing, legal services, first time homebuyer programs, public rental housing agencies, housing rehabilitation agencies, homeless and transitional housing, supplemental nutrition assistance, senior services, job referral and job training sites, as well as other organizations that may be of benefit to you. Please take advantage of this free resource.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I get my home fixed?
A: Citizens in need of minor home repairs are encouraged to contact the local Trident United Way Community Hotline by either dialing 211 (similar to dialing 911 in an emergency), (843)747-3007, or by visiting their website at http://www.211help.org. Citizens are also encouraged to contact their Town Hall to inquire if their town provides minor home repair services.
Q: Could you tell me more about the septic/well upgrade program?
A: The Community Development Division uses grant funding to pay for upgrades to eligible well and septic systems in Charleston County. The assistance is provided to qualified low to moderate income residents who reside in Charleston County where well and/or septic systems are the primary source of water. Applications are accepted and placed on a waiting list. The applications may be found at http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/CommunityServices/FormsIndex.htm or by calling (843)202-6976.

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Common Terms

CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) - A federal grant program designed to improve housing and neighborhoods in economically disadvantaged areas and to provide economic development for local governments.

HESG (Emergency Solutions Grants) - A program designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living.

HOME (HOME Investment Partnership Act) - The HOME Program was created by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (NAHA). Its objective is to provide decent affordable housing to lower income households, expand the capacity of non-profit providers and strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing.

HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) - The federal agency that oversees housing and community development projects.

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Interesting Facts

Through special legislation, the Community Services Department received Urban Entitlement status which enables the County to broaden its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) efforts. At the time, there had been only six such designations in the country. Since 1978, CS has received more than $6,558,000 in CDBG funds, rehabilitated more than 175 owner-occupied housing units, provided funding for infrastructure construction and connected more than 100 family dwellings to those systems.

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Community Development Advisory Board

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Contact Information

Community Services, Medically Indigent Assistance Program, Charleston Development Corporation, and Brownfields

Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Service Building
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 202-6960
(843) 202-6961 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5 pm

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Contact Information
Charleston Center
Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS)

Physical Address
5 Charleston Center Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
Click here for directions

Main Business Number
(843)958-3300

Agency Director
Chanda Brown (843)958-3472

Medical Director
Jack Emmel M.D. (843)958-3335

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 31398
Charleston, SC 29417-1398

24 Hour Emergency Line
(843)722-0100

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