The State of South Carolina and a number of the state's large urban counties and cities receive annual appropriations from the US Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) for programs that can assist with housing and community development. These programs include the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the Emergency Solutions program (ESG) and the HOUSING opportunities for people with HIV program (HOPWA). Recipients, which for HOME may include HOME Consortiums or groups of counties, are required to have a three or five year Consolidated Plan, implemented through Annual Action Plans, and each must address a number of housing and community development issues including Fair Housing. Progress and accomplishments, including those related to fair and affordable housing, are reported each year in an Annual Performance Report. CDBG and HOME in particular require participants to affirmatively further fair housing and undertake fair housing planning and an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice. For the State of South Carolina, the CDBG Program is administered by the SC Department of Commerce and the HOME Program is administered by the SC Housing Finance and Development Authority. The SC Department of Commerce is the lead agency for the Consolidated Plan process and related documents can be found on the the agency’s CDBG web portal.    Other recipients of one or more HUD Consolidated Plan programs in FY 2011 included the counties of Charleston, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Richland and Spartanburg, and the cities of Aiken, Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Summerville and Sumter. HOME Consortia are updated annually and the current list can be found on the HUD HOME Consortia web page. Consolidated Plans, Annual Action Plans, Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing and Annual Performance Reports may be available on each organization's website.
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