HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 06-02
Wm. Dudley Gregorie
(803) 253-3878
For Release
January 24, 2006

Three grants to South Carolina youth programs will create affordable

WASHINGTON - Approximately 62 low-income young people in Louisiana will return to school and begin new careers
in the homebuilding trades because of $1.2 million in grants announced today by Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Steven Nesmith. Three grants to South Carolina programs will help these young people graduate high school, train them for a future in the construction trades and will produce affordable homes for lower income families, many facing homelessness.

The Allendale County ALIVE will receive a grant in the amount of $400,000 to train 20 youth and to rehabilitate five (5) houses. Major partners include: Allendale County Adult Education, One Stop Shop, DJJ, Town of Allendale, Allendale County First Steps, USC Salkehatchie Leadership Institute, Center for Business Development, DSS and Mental Health.

Clemson University will receive a grant in the amount of $400,000 will enable Clemson University to train 20 students and to rehabilitate seven (7) houses. Major partners include: South Carolina Regional Housing Authority and Pickens County Adult Education, Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County, Clemson Community Care, South Carolina Department of Social Services, Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, United Christian Ministries, Pendleton
District Workforce Investment Board, and Tri-County Technical College.

Telamon Corporation will receive a grant in the amount of $400,000 will enable the training of 22 youth and construction of three (3) new houses in the Enterprise Community of Williamsburg County/Lake City, South Carolina. Major partners are: Hearth Corporation, Williamsburg County School District, and Williamsburg County Enterprise Community Commission.

Young people who enroll in local Youthbuild programs lack high school diplomas and the job skills necessary to find meaningful employment. The funding announced today will help young men and women, ages 16-to-24, to receive their high school equivalency diplomas and provide them training in homebuilding skills that will qualify them for
careers in the building industry.

Program participants will receive on-the-job training in the building trades and help build and renovate homes that
are then sold at affordable prices to low- and very low-income persons as well as to homeless individuals and
families. In addition, these grants are anticipated to generate millions of additional dollars from other public and private sources.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


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