SC State Consolidated Plan
April 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which contains Title VIII also known as the Fair Housing Act.
50 years later, HUD continues to celebrate April as Fair Housing Month in commemoration of this event. The Fair Housing Act guarantees: “the right of every person to live where they choose, regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status, or disability.” HUD encourages everyone to get involved in their communities, to help eliminate disparities in access to housing and all other community assets, and to help protect and promote the ideal that “doors of opportunity should be open to everyone.”
During April 2018, the State CDBG Program encourages every community to take time to focus on fair housing issues and to consider meaningful ways to improve access to opportunity for everyone. And we ask all current CDBG recipients to plan activities to carry out your community’s Fair Housing obligations this month.
HUD, the National Association of Realtors and the National Fair Housing Alliance have all launched campaigns to commemorate 50 Years. Go to the resources page.
The State Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (Consolidated Plan) is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order for the State of South Carolina to receive federal funding each year for the following programs:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, administered by the SC Department of Commerce
- HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), administered by the SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority
- National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), per December 2016 substantial amendment to 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan, administered by the SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority
- Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, administered by the SC Office of Economic Opportunity
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Program, administered by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
The SC Department of Commerce is also the lead agency for the Consolidated Plan for South Carolina.
HUD requires a new state Consolidated Plan every five years. A new plan was developed for the plan period 2016 through 2020 and originally submitted to HUD in April 2016. It was later amended to add the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), which is admininstered along with HOME by the State Housing Finance & Development Authority. HUD approved the state's substantially amended 2016-2020 Con Plan and 2016 Annual Action Plan in December 2016. The 2017 Annual Action Plan included funding for the NHTF for the first time.
- Download the substantially amended 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan
The Consolidated Plan identifies statewide housing and community development priorities and broad strategies for addressing the three HUD goals:
- Suitable Living Environment
- Decent Housing
- Economic Opportunity
Objectives address accessibility/availability, affordability or sustainability for each goal. Each year of the plan period, the state identifies annual priorities, goals and strategies in an Annual Action Plan and reports on progress toward achieving goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER).
The public is involved in the planning process, both at the beginning of a plan period and prior to the start of each program year. The State makes its draft plans and annual reports available to the public for review and holds a hearing each year to discuss plans, prior to finalizing and submitting them to HUD. Program years run from April 1 through March 31.
CDBG Program Description
The State's CDBG Program Description is required by HUD as part of the Consolidated Plan process. It represents the State's annual plan for distributing CDBG funding, and pertinent sections are summarized in the 2018 Annual Action Plan. The Annual Action Plan was prepared as required, and was available for review and comment through February 6, 2018. HUD has announced the State's final 2018 allocations for CDBG and other Con Plan programs; and the 2018 Plan has been finalized and it has been submitted to HUD as required.