HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) provides entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Horry County HOME Consortium (HCHC). HOME funds are utilized for the creation and retention of affordable housing throughout the Consortium service area.

The Horry County HOME Consortium (HCHC) was created in 2018 to assist the low-income and underserved areas of Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg Counties of South Carolina in the financing, development, and preservation of affordable housing. Member jurisdictions of HCHC include Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg Counties, as well as the municipalities of Myrtle Beach, Conway, Atlantic Beach, Aynor, Loris, Georgetown, Andrews, Kingstree, Hemingway, Stuckey, Lane, and Greeleyville. Horry County is the designated lead agency for the Consortium. Horry County administers the HOME Program on behalf of the Consortium, and coordinates the planning and administration of HOME funds.

The Horry County HOME Consortium partners with local for-profit and non-profit developers, as well as community housing development organizations (CHDOs), to finance a variety of housing activities. These activities can include:

  • homeowner-occupied housing rehabilitation
  • homeowner new construction
  • rental acquisition and rehabilitation
  • rental new construction
  • tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA)

The goals for the HCHC focus on increasing the availability of decent affordable housing, which includes:

  • Retaining the current affordable housing stock;
  • Increasing the availability of affordable permanent housing for low and moderate-income families;
  • Increasing the supply of supportive housing, which includes structural features and services to enable persons with special needs to live in dignity and independence; and
  • Creating new affordable housing units.

HOME-eligible homeowner and tenant based rental assistance projects are solicited on a semi-annual basis. Rental projects are not currently being accepted, but will be solicited in the near future. Additional information on the rental application process will be posted when available. Applicants eligible for funding include for-profit developers, non-profit developers, and community housing development organizations (CHDOs). Requests for proposals and associated applications will be posted on the Community Development page during application acceptance periods. HCHC does not fund homeowner or tenant applicants on a direct basis. Individuals interested in assistance through the HOME program may contact HOME-funded organizations directly to inquire about eligibility.