Housing Action Council

2018 Housing Action Council Members

BRUW Board Bunnelle Foundation Greater Bibleway Church
Amazing Journeys City of Georgetown Waccamaw EOC
Coastal Community Foundation Southern Baptist Men Bethel AME
Grand Strand Housing and CDC SC Community Loan Fund United Methodist Church
Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Georgetown Housing Authority
SC Community Economic Development Council Mercy Housing ECHO
Georgetown County SC Housing Trust Fund HOME Funds
West End Redevelopment Committee Mitney Project YOU?

Some Interesting Data Points regarding housing in our County:

  • How many people are receiving some sort of federal housing support according to the federal roles in Georgetown County? Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2016 Picture of Subsidized Households Report: 571 subsidized housing units, 1,263 individuals live in those housing units
  • How many people live in Georgetown County at 80% AMI? (For a family of 4 80% AMI is $44,100 (2016)) Approximately 12,126 households are below 80% AMI Source: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, US Census Bureau, Table B19001 Data Note: ACS data breaks down household income in $5,000 increments which makes specifying specific AMI percentages difficult. Instead, this represents the number of households with a median income below $44,999.
  • What is the economic impact of adding 2,500 homes to
  • County? 50 homes? 250 homes? The average unit value in 2016 was $226,322 per unit, The average building value in 2016 was $248,005 per building. The value will depend on housing type with single-family detached structures having a greater economic impact but being unaffordable for low-income residents. Economic impact of 2,300 homes: $520.5-$570.4 million, Economic impact of 50 homes: $11.3-$12.4 million, Economic impact of 250 homes: $56.6-$62 million Source: US Census Bureau Building Permits Survey In 2016 Georgetown County issued permits for 334 buildings with a total of 366 units.
  • How many homes in Georgetown County and Georgetown City are substandard? HUD identifies four housing problems that lead to substandard conditions: Lack Complete Kitchen Facilities--County: 962 Households; City: 270 Households. Lack Complete Plumbing Facilities--County: 1,119 households; City: 314 households. Overcrowding--County: 322 households; City: 166 households. Cost Burdened--County: 1,556 households, City: 485 households. Additional points to consider. No heating source--County: 88 households; City: 58 households. No vehicles available--County, 1,556 households; City: 485 households. Source: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, US Census Bureau
  • There are 899 families (1066 total people) on the waiting list for assistance from the Georgetown Housing Authority. The GHA has 295 units. (Note: 1 unit is for domestic violence shelter and 1 unit is used as transitional housing for homeless veterans.)

  • GHA has 163 housing choice vouchers due to funding cuts, they are only able to utilize around 131 vouchers.

  • The average income of residents in Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher program is $12,383.13.

  • There are 500 people who need assistance from Flood Recovery and Hurricane relief and most of those had preexisting conditions prior to the disasters that made their homes susceptible to damage.

  • The predatory renting practices are out of control with landlords charging ghastly amounts for rent in homes that should be condemned by the city and county. If the tenets complain, they are thrown out and their choices are nonexistent.

  • There is one transitional unit in the county for homeless veterans and 1 unit for shelter from domestic violence and 6 units for women (Martha’s House). Friendship Place (and others?) have one/two night hotel vouchers for all other situations.

  • The only multi family we have issued since we started using our current permitting software in 2007 that is not located on the Neck is in the Town of Andrews – a 48 unit apartment complex (in four separate buildings) called Cypress Lane. It was permitted in 2012.

  • Rebuilding and repairs using federal dollars, managed by state employees in Columbia average $57,000 per house. Rebuilding and repairs using locally generated dollars and charitable gifts with local employees averages $18,000 per house.

Ways to get involved...

Join the Housing Action Council

Join the West End Redevelopment Committee