Affordable Housing

SCDOT’s approach to addressing the replacement housing needs of the potentially displaced residents in the communities of Ferndale, Highland Terrace, Liberty Park and Russelldale falls under the Revitalization Pillar of the Environmental Justice Community Mitigation Plan and includes:

  • A Single-Family Affordable Housing Program
  • A Developer Incentive Affordable Multi-family Housing Program
  • Financial Literacy & First-Time Homebuyer Counseling

SCDOT is mitigating our impact to affordable housing and intends to construct this new housing early in the project so that families displaced by the project will have the opportunity to potentially select this new housing as their replacement housing. These programs will be completed prior to the completion of the right-of-way acquisition phase, which is projected to begin in 2023 and last until 2027. These dates are based on approval of environmental documentation without legal challenge and are subject to change.

Single-Family Affordable Replacement Housing Program

SCDOT will work to secure 20 vacant lots within the EJ communities and partner with a local non-profit that specializes in developing or constructing affordable housing to implement a Single-Family Affordable Replacement Housing Program. If SCDOT is unable to acquire all 20 lots within the EJ communities, additional lots for the program will be purchased in adjacent communities. At a minimum, the program should include the following components:

  • SCDOT will secure vacant lots, zoned for single-family or duplex homes, in each of the four impacted EJ communities for the purpose of constructing housing for displaced residents who would like to remain in their community. Some of these lots will be preserved for the construction of replacement market rate homes for displaced families that do not fall into the low-income category.
  • A majority of the lots would be utilized for low-income affordable replacement Single Family Home Housing Development.
  • SCDOT will allocate funds for program administration as well as for the purchase of land/lots.
  • SCDOT will engage non-profits to arrange interviews in order to learn more information on what organizations may be interested in and what resources would be required to execute an affordable housing home ownership program for interested families that will be displaced by the I-526 LCC West Project.
  • The program would give priority to displaced families but could be opened to other EJ community residents currently renting if there are remaining lots once all families are relocated.
  • SCDOT will tentatively issue a Notice of Interest in 2022 and implement an interview and selection process to identify a partnering non-profit organization. During this process, SCDOT will conduct interviews, review qualifications and proposals, and select a non-profit organization that has the capability to develop the replacement homes and administer this program.

SCDOT and Community Office staff will work with the selected non-profit to assist in identifying qualified families and coordinate throughout the application process.

Affordable Multi-Family Housing Program

SCDOT has partnered with the South Carolina State Housing Finance & Development Authority (SC Housing) to construct SCDOT replacement multi-family affordable housing through the SC Housing’s development programs. This partnership was initiated through an Intergovernmental Agreement with SC Housing in order to leverage state resources from both agencies to accomplish this affordable housing initiative. This partnership gives SCDOT the resources needed to develop multi-family housing mitigation and presents an opportunity for SC Housing to achieve affordable housing goals in this challenging region.

SCDOT proposes to combine mitigation funding with SC Housing low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), bond financing, grants, and other funding sources, as available, to design and construct a multi-family housing development in the local North Charleston area. SC Housing will be responsible for selecting a developer using their existing processes, monitoring the selected developer for timely progress and compliance, and ensuring that the multi-family housing units remain affordable for 30-years. More information on SC Housing’s development programs can be found here.

At a minimum, 100 multi-family affordable housing units will be constructed for families within the lowest income level category and will include a mixture of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. It is SCDOT’s desire that developments include a green space or recreational area component and must be near the impacted EJ communities. Priority will be given to developments with the closest proximity. At a minimum, all proposed developments will be located within the City of North Charleston with priority given to families or individuals facing displacement as a result of the I-526 LCC WEST project.

Financial Literacy and First Time Home Buyer Counseling

SCDOT will develop partnerships with local organizations to provide financial literacy and first-time home buyer workshops and counseling to residents of the impacted EJ communities. This educational offering is intended to assist participants as they attempt to secure residential loans and transition from renters to homeowners. The counseling will continue until the projected completion of the right-of-way phase in 2027.

Additional Resources

For additional questions, please contact the Community Office at 843.258.1135 or visit us in Gas Lite Square (5627 Rivers Avenue).