Rebuilding Communities: SC State rehabs Orangeburg-area homes

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Several Orangeburg residents will spend warmer nights in their homes, just in time for winter’s biting cold. The sixteen homeowners, whose time-worn homes have received or will receive in the coming months much-needed repairs and upgrades, are recipients of grants awarded by the SC State University 1890 Research & Extension Program.


The funds provided to conduct the work is administered through the Northeastern Corridor of Orangeburg Community Development Corporation (NCO CDC), which the 1890 Extension Program operates. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grants to the 1890 Program.


“With the HUD funding through South Carolina State University, we are excited to say that we were able to assist eight families with renovating old and inefficient homes; and, we have eight more homes to be completed.  Weatherization of the homes assists in improving the health, safety and energy efficiency of homes, while helping to save money for the homeowners. Rehabilitation of these homes is also an economic impact to the community, making our communities more attractive,” said Patricia S. Salley, who chairs the Board of Directors of the NCO CDC. Salley also serves as the community development manager for the Orangeburg County Development Commission.


Designed to assist qualified low-to-moderate income owner-occupants, the program, through the NCO CDC, has awarded $204,268 in grants as of  Nov. 12, 2013. The funding is used to help rebuild communities adjacent to the university, including the New Brookland community, comprised of homes located on Goff Ave. and the neighborhoods surrounding Goff.


The work completed through the rehabilitation and weatherization program helps to preserve housing in the selected communities that is affordable to low and moderate income persons, and assists in providing safe and adequate housing to residents who do not have the financial means to make repairs to their houses.


“It is wonderful that the 1890 Research & Extension Program at South Carolina State University has a program that helps to refurbish homes for persons who might not otherwise be able to afford it. I’m very proud and pleased of the work that was done to my home, and I thank everyone that did the work and helped me,” said Elizabeth Glover, a recipient of the grant. Glover, 88, has lived in her current home for over 63 years, having purchased it in 1950.


water damaged ceiling

A view of a water-damaged ceiling in Glover’s home.
Among the renovations completed, a new heating and cooling system was installed, in addition to a new metal roof and insulated windows. Exterior and interior repairs were done as well as painting. Smoke detectors were also installed.

 


The retired elementary school educator, who taught for over 20 years in elementary schools in Orangeburg and Florence counties, is a 1944 SC State graduate with a master’s degree in elementary education.


The NCO CDC works to improve economic conditions and increase those opportunities for South Carolinians. According to Delbert T. Foster, acting vice president for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Public Service/executive director of the 1890 Research & Extension Program, the NCO CDC is just one of many campus organizations and departments that strategically work to enhance communities in Orangeburg and across the state through partnerships and community engagement.


New Textured Ceiling

A new textured ceiling replaced the worn ceiling.
“The partnership with the NCO CDC allowed SC State to apply and secure an HBCU grant to perform the excellent work that has been conducted through the Rehabilitation and Weatherization Program.  Under the leadership of the university’s newly elected president, Mr. Thomas J. Elzey,  all of the divisions at SC State are increasing their efforts to seek and form partnerships that will enhance communities around the university as well as communities throughout the state of South Carolina,” said Foster.

 


For more information on the Northeastern Corridor of Orangeburg Community Development Corporation, call (803) 531-8189.