Assistance is available to eligible homeowners in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter Counties to cover the cost of repairs and improvements necessary to bring homes to applicable standards for decent, safe and sanitary housing as required by applicable codes. This program is not intended for minor repairs, remodeling, additions, or cosmetic improvements.

Eligible applicants must have household incomes equal to or less than 80% of the median income level for the county in which they live.

Assistance will be available to eligible homeowners subject to availability of funds. It is expected that there will be more applicants than funding available for the program. Preliminary applications will be reviewed and prioritized according to income level, extent of need, and other factors as determined by the Regional HOME Consortium Board of Directors. Those who are not selected in the current application cycle will need to reapply in future application rounds to remain eligible for assistance.

The application period will begin AUGUST 21, 2017 and end SEPTEMBER 20, 2017. Please contact Sharon Durden at 803.774.1988 to provide preliminary household information and begin the application process. Additional information about the application requirements and the program will be provided to households selected for assistance.

Santee-Lynches is engaged on behalf of the region's HOME Consortium (the Sumter County Regional HOME Consortium) to manage a housing assistance program, utilizing planning assistance and funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Santee-Lynches developed and maintains a Consolidated Plan to receive funding allocations through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. HOME funding is designed to help participating jurisdictions implement local housing strategies designed to increase the supply of decent, affordable housing for low- and very low-income households. This is primarily accomplished through the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income renters and homeowners.