SC Community Loan FundIn the world of housing and development, there is a great need to find a balance between providing adequate housing for residents in rural areas while preserving the character of the area in which they live.

In the area known as Sewee-to-Santee region, along Highway 17 north of Mount Pleasant, this balance is crucial and SC Community Loan Fund has received a grant to study housing needs in this region. This rural stretch is beautiful and largely undeveloped. It contains the Francis Marion Forest, Bulls Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Center for Birds of Prey. But according to a recent article in the Post and Courier, residents in the Sewee area need better housing, better utilities and jobs. The article said “residents in the area are faced with a shortage of jobs, inadequate septic tanks and drinking water supplies and outdated electrical service … 40% of residents struggle to pay their basic bills.”

A group called the Sewee Summit was formed by Charleston County, Mount Pleasant, McClellanville and Awendaw leaders to determine whether the Sewee-to-Santee area could benefit from regional collaboration in order to meet the conservation, community, economic development and social needs of the area. The Summit’s goal is to develop a coordinated strategy in partnership with the major municipalities, public and private utility providers, land owners and interested community partners.

As part of its study, SC Community Loan Fund has been given a $5,000 grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation to assess housing needs in this region. You can read more about the Sewee-to-Santee area, and about the Summit’s goals in this brochure, which also was funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation.

We’ll keep you posted on our study of the region. For more information about SC Community Loan Fund, please visit http://www.sccommunityloanfund.org/.