Housing is a critical part of a community’s economic infrastructure, as important as schools, roads and bridges. Housing that is affordable to individuals and families is essential building block of livable communities and crucial to a growing economy, enabling employers to attract and retain a qualified workforce. Every community needs affordable homes to support job growth and economic development.

Safe decent and affordable housing is the foundation of stable families, early childhood development, school performance and better health outcomes. Strategic investments in housing revitalize neighborhoods, stimulate reinvestment, increase the property tax base and strengthen the housing market. Addressing situations of homelessness is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do, given the enormous toll on families and children, and its broader social and economic impacts.

Communities are stronger and more attractive when economic, educational and housing opportunities are available to everyone. To be competitive and vital, a community must offer housing of all types, affordable at a variety of income levels and desirable for people at different stages of life.

Source: (because we could not think of a better way to describe the importance of Housing we borrowed) The Minnesota Equity Fund and Greater Minnesota Housing Fund's description from their website.

What is your United Way doing about Housing Issues in Georgetown County? Follow the links below to learn more.

Winyah Bay Long Term Recovery Group

Housing Action Council

Some Key Definitons when discussing Housing Issues:

HOMELESS: An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; as well an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, an institution that provides a temporary residence for

individuals intended to be institutionalized; or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
Source: HUD

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: In general, housing for which the occupant(s) is/are paying no more than 30 percent of his or her income for gross housing costs, including utilities. Please note that some jurisdictions may define affordable housing based on other, locally determined criteria, and that this definition is intended solely as an approximate guideline or general rule of thumb

Source: HUD.

WORKFORCE HOUSING: can refer to any form of housing, including ownership of single or multi-family homes, as well as occupation of rental units. Workforce housing is generally understood to mean affordable housing for households with earned income that is insufficient to secure quality housing in reasonable proximity to the workplace. Generally workforce housing applies to people earning 50-120% of AMI.
Source: Wikipedia
SUBSTANDARD HOUSING: A dwelling unit that is either dilapidated or unsafe, thus endangering the health and safety of the occupant, or that does not have adequate plumbing or heating facilities. Source: HUD