March 2023 E-Newsletter News You Can Use
March NewsFebruary RecapThe Housing Authority of Florence will promote a year-long commemoration of heritage month awareness celebrations to kick off this Diversity and Inclusion effort we started with Black History Month.March - Women's History HighlightsSeptima Poinsette Clark was an educator and civil rights activist who played a key role in the desegregation of schools and the expansion of voting rights for African Americans in the South. She was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and was a close associate of Martin Luther King Jr.Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more Women's History Highlights.
Jobs in the Area
- 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 https://careers.sc.gov/.
- Bosch Maintenance and Manufacturing Technicians Hiring Event will be held on March 16th from 9 am - 3 pm at the Staybridge Suites on Westpark Dr. in Florence.
- Perdue and SC Works Hiring Event March 17 from 10 am - 2 pm at the SC Works Office (1558 West Evans St., Florence)
- Are you interested in the medical field or medical training? If yes, be sure to attend the PMTC Open House and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 28th at the Professional Medical Training Center in Florence.Find additional job listings by visiting the SC Job Works website.
"Healthy Bucks" Program
The "Healthy Bucks" program allows SNAP recipients to obtain additional fresh fruits and vegetables when they use their SNAP benefits to purchase fresh produce at participating farmer's markets. SNAP recipients who purchase at least $5 with their SNAP EBT card at participating locations receive $15 in Healthy Bucks tokens to purchase additional fresh fruits and vegetables. Find out more at: https://dss.sc.gov/.../food-and-nutrition.../healthy-bucks/.
Food Pantries in Every CountyThis 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 https://bit.ly/3giH4xl.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 affordableconnectivity.gov.Beginner LapTop TrainingThis training is for Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Orangeburg, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Dillon and Williamsburg County adult residents 40 years or older with little to no knowledge of laptops, meet the income requirements, or receive at least one of the following benefits:-SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing AssistanceOnly one adult per household can participate. To learn more contact Palmetto Care Connections at 803-450-1027. A PCC team member will conduct a full screening over the phone to determine program eligibillity.Training Requirements:
- Participants are required to attend 5 hours of in-person training. The training is divided into 2 days with 2.5 hours of training each day.Training Benefits:
- Participants will receive a certification upon completion of the training.
- Participants will receive a free laptop and assistance with affordable internet solutions.
Free Covid At-Home TestsThe White House has restarted its partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to provide home tests for every household in the nation. Those interested can visit covid.gov/tests and order four free at-home tests that will be mailed to their home.In addition to the national effort, South Carolinians can visit their local public health department and pick up free COVID-19 tests. These locations have plenty of home tests that are easy to pick up.
SERGEANT TERRENCE CARRAWAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
(Funded by the Florence Police Fund & Terrence F. Carraway Foundation)
The Sergeant Terrence Carraway Memorial Scholarship was established in January 2019 to honor the life of Sergeant Terrence Carraway (E.O.W. 10/03/2018) and to continue his passion for the advancement of youth in the Florence and Darlington communities. This scholarship is a need-based fund, awarded annually to two recipients from Florence County School District High Schools and two recipients from Darlington County School District High Schools. Scholarship awards are made payable to the recipient's educational institution.
The City of Florence Website to Apply
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR SCHOLARSHIPThe South Carolina State Fair annually awards 50 scholarships to South Carolina high school students planning to pursue their studies at any public or private college, university, or technical college in the state. The $6,000 scholarships are awarded at an annual rate of $1,500 and are based on academic and extracurricular achievement, communication skills, need, and completeness of the application.The deadline to apply is March 15.Pee Dee Medical Professionals Association, Inc. 2023 Scholarships
- Health Scholar Awards for High School Juniors & Seniors
- Eligible African American students with an interest in healthcare and attending school in the Pee Dee region. Merit based awards with special consideration for students demonstrating financial need. $250 (Juniors) ' $500 (Seniors)
- The Charlotte L. Francis, MD Legacy Scholar for College Juniors & Seniors
- Eligible African American students pursuing a career in medicine with a connection to the Pee Dee region. $1000For an application visit www.pdmpa.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is March 20, 2023.
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 843.669.4163.2023 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 Caroling 29520
Date: The following Tuesdays of Every Month
- March 14th
- April 11th
- May 9th
- June 13th
- July 11th
- August 15th
- September 12th
- October 17th
- November 14th
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Sign-in by 12:15 AM)
Applications will be processed by The Housing Authority of Florence at 2640 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501. To ensure prompt processing please go by the administrative office that is located at 1343 Dizzy Gillespie Drive, Cheraw, SC 29520 or our website at www.hafsc.org, and pick up/review an informational sheet regarding what is needed on this date
If you should have any questions, please free to contact our Applications & Admissions Department at (843) 669-4163 extension 3340 or our Clio office at (843) 586-2674 Monday - Thursday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM.
----2023 NEW APPLICATION DATES!!The Housing & Community Redevelopment Authority of Marlboro County will be accepting applications "ONCE" a month. Please note the following updates:Public Housing ProgramLocation: Clio Administrative Office100 Woods AvenueClio, South Carolina 29525Date: The following Thursdays of Every Month
- March 16th
- April 13th
- May 11th
- June 15th
- July 13th
- August 17th
- September 14th
- October 19th
- November 16thTime: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Sign-in by 11:15 AM)Applications will be processed by The Housing Authority of Florence at 2640 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501. To ensure prompt processing, please go by the administrative office that is located at 100 Woods Avenue Clio, SC 29525, or our website at www.hafsc.org, and pick up/review an informational sheet regarding what is needed on this date.If you have any questions, please 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.----2023 NEW APPLICATION DATES!!Public Housing ProgramEastcrest Apartments (McColl) will be accepting applications "ONCE" a month. Please note the following updates:Location: McColl Administrative Office204-35 Gilchrist AvenueMcColl, South Carolina 29570Date: The following Thursdays of Every Month
- March 16th
- April 13th
- May 11th
- June 15th
- July 13th
- August 17th
- September 14th
- October 19th
- November 16thTime: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Sign-in by 2:15 PM)Applications will be processed by The Housing Authority of Florence at 2640 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501. To ensure prompt processing, please go by the administrative office that is located at 204-35 Gilchrist Avenue, McColl, SC 29570, or our website at www.hafsc.org, and pick up/review an informational sheet regarding what is needed on this dateIf you have any questions, please contact our Applications & Admissions Department at (843) 669-4163 extension 3340 or our office at (843) 523-5449 Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.----
2023 PRE-APPLICATION DATES!!
Public Housing Program
The Housing Authority of Florence will be accepting Pre-Applications for the Public Housing Waiting List. Please note the following dates and location:
Location: Resident Opportunity Center (ROC)
1117-B June Lane
Florence, South Carolina 29506
- Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
- Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
- Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
If you should have any questions, please free to contact our Applications & Admissions Department at (843) 669-4163 extension 3340 or our office at (843) 523-5449 Monday - Thursday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM.
"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.
- 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.
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:
- Housing Authority of Cheraw Moving To Work (MTW) Supplement Narrative
- Housing Authority of Florence Moving To Work (MTW) Supplement Narrative
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers free tax help for low to moderate-income ($60,000) taxpayers who cannot prepare their own tax returns. This includes both the preparation of the return plus e-filing of both the federal and state income tax returns.Get your taxes done for FREE!
MONDAY, TUESDAY, AND THURSDAY
At Church Hill ROC
10:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 4th, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Church Hill ROC
1117 June Lane
Florence, S.C. 29506
Saturday, April 8, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dizzy Gillespie Apartment Complex
1343 Dizzy Gillespie Drive
Cheraw, S.C. 29520
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL
Hazel L.M. Mouzon at 843-669-4163 ext. 2008 or 843.229.6093
- Gather all necessary forms ahead of tax prep time. The better organized your records are, the less time it will take a preparer to process your taxes, which translates into lower fees for their service.
- To avoid penalties and interest, file on time. Even if you can't pay in full, the penalties are much higher for late filing than for late payment. If you can't file on time, see your local IRS guidelines to apply for an extension.
- The City of Florence and Florence-Darlington Technical College will partner to host the first annual Florence College and Job Fair. Parents and students are invited to explore careers and colleges opportunities in Florence. Fair will be held on April 1 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Barnes Street Activity Center.
- EGGnormous Easter Egg Hunt. Children ages 9 years old & younger are invited to join the fun on Saturday, April 8 at 1:00pm at Arrowhead Park. Registration begins at 1:00pm and the egg hunt starts at 1:30pm with children placed into different groups and hunt times. Come enjoy music, the F/X Game truck and enter the drawing for great prizes (for children only).
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