Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has been impacted by the floods. We are entering a long process of recovery in South Carolina and there will be a need for temporary and transitional housing.
HOUSING PROVIDERS - If you are a housing provider and would like to list any resources that you have to assist in the recovery efforts, please email the Coalition so that your information can be included here.
HOUSING SEEKERS - Please note that the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina is not a direct client service provider; rather we are a policy and advocacy organization. That means that we do not own, manage, or provide housing units and we do not have funds to assist clients in securing housing. However, many of our members do provide those services. You can begin your housing search by checking with these Coalition members:
United Housing Associates
You can also go to www.schousing.com and utilize their search feature and contact your local United Way on line or via their information line at 211.
FILING CLAIMS - Register your damage as soon as possible with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362. When you call, have the following information ready:
Social Security Number
A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster
Directions to your damaged property
A telephone number where you can be contacted
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE - Contact the Small Business Administration Disaster Loans Program at 1-800-659-2955 or email email@example.com to learn what resources are available to help you repair and rebuild your business.
BEWARE OF SCAMMERS - When processing any claims or working on any repairs, beware of scams. Keep in mind:
-FEMA inspectors will carry identification and will not ask for money
-Get repair information in writing, and be wary of contractors that show up at your door
-Do not be pressured into buying
-Never pay in full up front
Report all scams to S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs: 1-800-922-1594.
IRS ISSUES - if your family or business had an October 15, 2015, tax-return filing deadline, you are automatically granted an extension until February of next year. If your family or business had an October 1, 2015, deadline for payments to the IRS, you now have until October 16, 2015, to make payments without any penalty. Other available relief includes claiming disaster-related losses on income tax returns, and waived fees when requesting past tax returns. If you have any questions about the tax relief available to you, please contact the IRS disaster hot line at: 1-866-562-5227.
LIHTC ISSUES - There has been precedents from the IRS to suspend certain requirements under § 42 of the Internal Revenue Code for low-income housing credit projects to provide emergency housing relief needed as a result of weather-related disasters. the Coalition is working on that issue and will have more information as soon as it becomes available. in the meantime, check with your accountant for additional information.
RESOURCE NUMBERS - SC Biz News has compiled list of service providers by regions in the state. You can access that list here.
LOOKING FOR HOUSING RESOURCES?
The AHC of SC is not a direct service provider. That means we do not lease or sell housing units, provide funds for emergency housing, or assist with down payments. If you need help in those areas please begin your search at www.schousing.com or contact your local United Way.
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Palmetto Affordable Housing Forum Announces 2016 Dates
The 2016 Palmetto Affordable Housing Forum will be held on April 19 & 20, 2016 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC. The Affordable Housing Coaltion of SC is excited to again partner with SC Housing, HUD, USDA Rural Development, and SC Department of Consumer Affairs to offer this Forum to housing professionals. More information will be available soon regarding registration, programming, sponsorships, and exhibit opportunities on the Coalition website, Facebook page and Twitter account. If you are interested in having input of Forum programming, please see the block below to become involved in the Coalition's Forum Committee.
Looking for Upstate South Carolina market facts? Check out GSA Business Market Facts '15.
Looking for rental facts for South Carolina? You can access the Out of Reach report,compiled and published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition here. National date is available here.
South Carolina 2015 LIHTC application final scores are available here.
The AHC of SC is not a direct service provider. That means we do not lease or sell housing units, provide funds for emergency housing, or assist with down payments. If you need help in those areas please begin your search at www.schousing.com
The Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina is a policy and advocacy group dedicated to the creation, preservation and improvement of affordable/workforce housing for all South Carolinians. Founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) organization, we are the primary advocates for affordable housing for all South Carolina residents, providing a forum for communication, education, and action among our members to create and improve affordable housing for working families, special needs groups, and individuals. We are the only professional association in South Carolina representing ALL aspects of the affordable/workforce housing industry.