Waccamaw HOME Consortium and the SC Department of Commerce are sponsoring a series of focus group meetings to discuss community and economic development needs and priorities throughout the region. This will help us as we develop the Community and Economic Development sections of the State’s Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development as well as the Waccamaw HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.  This plan also includes the needs of the Urban Entitlements of Horry County,  the City of Myrtle Beach and the City of Conway.

The purpose of the public hearing is to receive input on how to spend the federal funds for activities addressing the following types of area needs.   Proposed activities must primarily benefit persons with low and moderate-incomes.

  • Affordable Housing
  • Homeless Prevention
  • People with Special Needs
  • Neighborhood Revitalization

Because the Plan affects many people, communities and organizations across the State and region, we are seeking your help in identifying needs and opportunities, so that we may develop strategies and priorities for funding that best meet the needs of the local jurisdictions.

You are invited to participate in the focus group meeting/ public hearing that will be held:

Date:                     August 5th, 2015 

Time:                    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where:                  Waccamaw Regional COG
                             1230 Highmarket Street
                             Georgetown, SC  29440

Reasonable accommodations and auxiliary services for any qualified disabled person interested in attending the public meeting can be made by contacting Jessie M. Walker or Courtney Kain @ 843-546-8502.  To request the above please call seven days before the date of the public hearing.

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to participate by completing the following surveys:

WHC Regional Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YWFLCFF

SC Department of Commerce Consolidated Plan Survey:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y5H58KW.

Comments may also be submitted in writing to Waccamaw HOME Consortium, 1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC through September 8, 2015.

HUD Consolidated Plan Information

The State of South Carolina and Waccamaw Home Consortium are both preparing their  Five Year Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. This Plan is required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to distribute funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships  State and Waccamaw HOME Consortium allocations, Emergency Shelter Grants, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. The South Carolina Department of Commerce – Grants Division and Waccamaw HOME Consortium are the lead agencies coordinating development of their respective Consolidated Plans.

When complete, the Plans will provide an overall assessment of needs for housing, community development, or for special needs housing and homeless services. It will address the needs of low and moderate income persons and special populations such as the elderly, disabled and homeless. The Plans will provide information that will assist in establishing the strategies, priorities and actions to address the needs identified with available federal and other resources. The information will be used to establish funding priorities for the HUD programs.


Medicare 101 class being offered in Myrtle Beach

Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments’ SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) will hold a Medicare 101 class on July 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grand Strand Senior Center on 1268 21st Ave N., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.

The class is an introduction to Medicare including what the various parts cover, when to enroll, who pays what costs, and other common questions.  Highly recommended for anyone entering the Medicare system within the next year, but all are welcome.

Admission is free but due to limited space, registration is required.  Attendees are asked to bring their copy of the “Medicare and You” 2015 handbook for reference during the presentation (limited copies will be available if you do not have a copy).

To register please contact Kayla Ives, Medicare Specialist, (843) 436-6252 or kives@wrcog.org



HOME Consortium Funding

Notice of Funding Availability Workshop 

In preparing the 2015-2016 program year budget, The Waccamaw HOME Consortium will begin its annual competitive funding application round on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.  The HOME Consortium will be seeking applications from non-profits, for-profits, local governments and Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs).  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME funds (Home Investment Partnership Act of 1992) may be used for approved homeowner housing rehabilitation programs; new construction and renovation of rental or home buyer housing units; and direct financial assistance to buyers of HOME-assisted units.

The Funding Application and Guidelines will be released and available at the Application Workshop to be held at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments office.

 HOME Consortium Funding Application Workshop
1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
3:00pm – 4:30pm

 Attendance at the meeting is not mandatory but will greatly benefit your organization due to the orientation provided.  The application and application resources will be made available at www.wrcog.org/planning/home-funding application upon conclusion of the Funding Application Workshop and can also be mailed upon request.  The on-line Application will be available in fillable, electronic format.

All applications will be due April 3, 2015 at 5:00pm in the offices of the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.  Applications received after the due date and time will be unable to compete for these funds.  The HOME Consortium Technical Review Committee will review all applications and make funding recommendations to the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors.

Contact:   Tom Britton Planning Director,  843-436-6125 or tbritton@wrcog.org


WRCOG Spring 2015 Newsletter

Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments is excited for Spring! In this issue, learn about SC Secretary Department of Commerce’s Bobby Hitt’s visit to the annual economic forum, and see how area Seniors showcased their talents in the recently held Sports Classic! And, don’t forget to read about how WRCOG is continuing to assist with the regional water monitoring program! This e-newsletter was launched to keep clients and community residents abreast of new programs, changes, and happenings at Waccamaw Regional. Anyone interested in receiving the newsletter can sign-up on www.wrcog.org or http://eepurl.com/XxRFf. Waccamaw Regional can be found on social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Google+. For more information about Waccamaw Regional, visit www.wrcog.org, or call (843) 546-8502.4.2015 Newsletter


Public Hearing Notice – HOME Consortium – April 28, 2015



 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

1230 Highmarket Street

Georgetown, SC 29440

The Waccamaw HOME Consortium (Consortium) is in the process of developing the Annual Action Plan for the Waccamaw Region (Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties).  This Plan is required in order to receive and administer HOME (HOME Investment Partnership Act of 1992) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  These funds are used to meet national objectives of providing decent, safe and sanitary housing, new rental and homeownership housing opportunities and neighborhood stability through homeowner housing rehabilitation.

While the activities which can be conducted using these funds are very limited, it is important to gain citizen guidance, input and comments in order to better address community needs.  Copies of the Draft Annual Action Plan will be available to all attendees.  Upon completion of the public hearing the plan will be made available in the public library branches, online at www.wrcog.org/transportation-planning/home-consortium/DraftAnnualActionPlan-2015 and at the Consortium office.

Comments may be mailed to the Waccamaw HOME Consortium, c/o Tom Britton, Planning Director, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, Planning Department, 1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC  29440 or you may contact Mr. Britton at 843-436-6125 or tbritton@wrcog.org.

The Consortium will provide reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services for any qualified disabled person interested in attending the public hearing. To request the above, you may call Tom Britton, Planning Director at (843)436-6125  or  843-546-8502 at least 72 hours prior to the public hearing.



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