Housing Authorities of Florence and Cheraw Celebrating 50 Years of Providing Affordable Housing

[50th Anniversary Celebration Program]

Access to decent, affordable housing provides stability for individuals and families. Without it, some children might not get the education they need; seniors might be forced out of their community; and people with disabilities might not have the support they need. In March, the Housing Authorities of Florence and Cheraw, South Carolina, joined together to celebrate 50 years of providing housing opportunities in their communities.

During the celebration, the crowd of about 150 people heard a moving testimonial about the benefits of public housing when Natasha told her story of her journey out of public housing into a career in nursing and community involvement.

"Staff at the Housing Authority did not judge me but instead they helped me reach my potential," she said.

Executive Director Clamentine Elmore presented her vision for the next 50 years which includes assisting homeless veterans through the VASH program, and helping to close the digital divide to help residents move from public assistance to self-sufficiency.

"The housing authorities play such an important role in the community by providing much needed housing and other opportunities to the residents they serve," said Kristine Foye, Columbia field office director, who was on hand to bring congratulations on behalf of HUD.

The Housing Authority of Florence is currently managing approximately 2500 units of affordable housing, of which 440 are part of the Housing Authority of Cheraw.


Content Archived: January 28, 2020