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December 2022 E-Newsletter - News You Can Use

December News

November Recap

Florence Breakfast Rotary (November 17, 2022)

Florence Breakfast Rotary Club members with Clamentine Elmore

Always a pleasure to discuss our housing efforts and needs in the community. Thank you, Florence Breakfast Rotary, for the opportunity.
Thanksgiving Feast at the Pelican House
Thanksgiving feast at Pelican House members sitting around tables
Pelican House residents eating around table at thanksgiving feast
The annual Thanksgiving feast with the Senior citizens of Pelican House was a delight! This year we hosted the fellowship in their newly renovated community room!

December News

  • The Housing Authority of Cheraw is excited to announce that it has been awarded Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator funding in the amount of $172,359 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to better address the needs of our residents and the local community. 
  • The Housing Authority of Florence has created an aggressive plan to rejuvenate the housing scene in Florence County by developing and reorganizing all of its properties by 2033.  Learn more about this plan at WPDE ABC 15.

Quote for the Month

"Remember this December that love weighs more than gold." - Josephine Daskam Bacon

Jobs in the Area

  • Hiring CNAs, Home Health Aides at True to You In-Home Patient Services.  Register for the virtual hiring event here:
  • The State of South Carolina offers a range of unique career opportunities.  To learn more about these and other positions with the State of SC Government, visit their career website at 
  • Look for the green bus! The SC Career Coach is a mobile extension of the SC Works centers, offering help with resumes, job searches, skills assessments, program and service direction, and additional employment assistance. With ten (10) works stations, WIFI and printer capabilities, and wheelchair accessibility, the Career Coach, is coming to help you find a job! 
    December 21, 2022, from 9 AM - 1 PM at Dizzy Gillespie 
Find additional job listings by visiting the SC Job Works website.

SC Stay Plus Program

The SC Stay Plus Program will stop accepting new applications at 11:59 p.m. on December 16. If you have not submitted your required documents, please do so as soon as possible.

Food Pantries in Every County
This holiday season, we are aware that food insecurity is a real issue for many families in our state. We've teamed with Clemson University to create a statewide map showing food pantries in every county.
View the map at
This information was made available by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SC DHEC).

Have you heard of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Learn more by visiting the Affordable Connectivity Program website at

Holiday Safety Tips

  • Bring only the cash and credit cards you need
  • Limit your cell phone use in public
  • Don't let others distract you in overcrowded areas
  • Leave nothing visible in the car
  • Keep doors and trunks of vehicles locked
  • Keep packages in the trunk while shopping
  • Park in well-lighted areas while shopping
  • Avoid wearing expensive shopping
  • Dress casually and comfortably
  • If you're traveling, ask a neighbor to watch your residence
  • Have newspaper, mail, and deliverable held

Landlords Needed in the Florence & Surrounding Areas!
We are looking for vacant properties to provide rental opportunities to individuals and families participating in our Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
Participating Landlords receive Guaranteed Rent.
To learn more or express interest, please get in touch with Sheena Falletti at 843.669.4163.

2022 New Application Dates

Public Housing Program

The Housing Authority of Cheraw will be accepting applications "ONCE" a month. Please note the following updates:

  • Location: Dizzy Gillespie Community Room
                  1345 Dizzy Gillespie Drive
                  Cheraw, South Carolina 29520

  • Date: The following Tuesdays of Every Month
    • December 13th
    • Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Sign-in by 12:15 PM)

Applications will be processed by The Housing Authority of Florence at 2640 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501.  Please contact the Applications & Admissions Department for an appointment prior to the above dates.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact our Applications & Admissions Department at (843) 669-4163 extension 3340 or the Cheraw office at (843) 537-7222 Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Public Housing Program

The Housing & Community Redevelopment Authority of Marlboro County and Eastcrest Apartments (McColl) will be accepting applications "ONCE" a month.  Please note the following updates:

  • Location: Clio Administrative Office
                    100 Woods Avenue
                    Clio, South Carolina 29525
  • Date: The following Thursdays of Every Month
    • December 15th
    • Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Sign-in by 12:15 PM)

Applications will be processed by The Housing Authority of Florence at 2640 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501.  Please contact the Applications & Admissions Department for an appointment prior to the above dates.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact our Applications & Admissions Department at (843) 669-4163 extension 3340 or our Clio office at (843) 586-2674 Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

"Extension of Time and Required Disclosures for Notification of Nonpayment of Rent"

Notice PIH 2021-29 Supplemental Guidance to the Interim Final Rule "Extension of Time and Required Disclosures for Notification of Nonpayment of Rent"

PHAs administering a public housing program and owners of project-based rental assistance properties must provide no less than 30 days advanced notification of lease termination due to nonpayment of rent. Further, the rule also requires that within that notification, PHAs and owners must provide information to affected tenants as necessary to support tenants in securing such available funding.

The public housing program only, the rule requires PHAs to inform all public housing tenants that the extended timeframe for notification of lease termination due to nonpayment of rent is in effect, and that families will be provided information on available funding in that 30-day notification.

Material noncompliance with the terms of the lease. An owner must provide a tenant with a notice of proposed termination that complies with timeframes set forth in state and local law. The notice must advise the tenant that the tenant has 10 days within which to discuss the proposed termination with the landlord, beginning on the earlier of the date the notice was hand-delivered to the tenant's dwelling unit or the day after the notice is mailed. If the tenant requests such a meeting, the lease specifies that the landlord agrees to discuss the proposed termination with the tenant and advise the tenant of his/her right to defend the action in court.

Community Reminders

  • Rent is due on or before the 1st of every month.

  • The Housing Authority is required by HUD regulations to inspect the units to ensure they are "Decent, Safe, and Sanitary."  Standard procedure is:  Pictures will be taken during Interior and/or Exterior inspections for documentation purposes of the resident's housekeeping.
  • Resident agrees and acknowledges that the premises to be occupied by Resident and members of Resident's household, as well as certain outside areas, have been designated as smoke-free.  Resident and members of Resident's household shall not smoke anywhere in the unit rented by Resident, in the building where the Resident's dwelling is located, in any of the common areas inside the building, or in any outside areas closer than 25 feet of the building(s) including sidewalks, entryways, porches, balconies, patios, and playgrounds.  Nor shall the Resident permit any guests or visitors to do so.
  • No parking on the grass or riding through the complex on the grass.  A violation fee will be applied (see Management Schedule of Charges).

  • The Resident shall assure that neither the Resident nor any persons other than those listed above and minor children which are born into the household during this tenancy shall reside in the dwelling unit for more than fourteen (14) days each year without obtaining the prior written approval of the Landlord.  Management may place guests on no-trespass if they have concerns that the tenant may be in violation of this policy.

Coming Soon

The following items are activities and/or proposed short-term and long-term goals of the Housing Authority of Florence and Housing Authority of Cheraw to further the MTW statutory objectives during this Fiscal Year:

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a safe season full of peace and joy - Happy Holidays from the Housing Authority of Florence and Cheraw!
Please note that our offices are closed on December 26th and 27th in observance of the Christmas holiday.

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