As of January 31, the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office has awarded 44 award letters to households with damage from the 2015 rain event and flood. To date, the office has allocated a little over $1.4 million of its nearly $97 million of disaster recovery funds.
Households in Florence, Georgetown, Sumter, Williamsburg, Berkeley, Clarendon and Orangeburg counties now have information letting them know they have been accepted into the states disaster recovery program.
Of the 44 priority one award letters sent, four projects (1 in Georgetown County and 3 in Williamsburg County) are in construction phases and seven (1 in Sumter County, 5 in Williamsburg County and 1 in Berkeley County) have been completed. Once approved, it is up to the citizen to decide if he or she will participate in the program. The program is designed to assist Low to Moderate income households and serve South Carolina’s most vulnerable population. Damaged homes will either be repaired or replaced with new manufactured units.
The state's 2015 disaster recovery program is funded with $96,827,000 in federal funds from HUD. The deadline to apply to the program is April 30.
Applications can be completed at an SCDRO intake center. There are two permanent intake centers ( 318 E. Main Street in Kingstree and 725 Broad Street in Sumter) and a mobile center that travels the 22 flood-impacted areas on a rotating schedule.
The permanent intake centers are open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Citizens may make appointments for intake services at any office by contacting their case manager or contacting SCDRO directly. Residents may contact SCDRO by calling 1-844-330-1199 or visiting the SCDRO website at www.scstormrecovery.com.