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$500,000 to help housing stability in York County

The grant is the largest ever secured by the United Way of York County.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Half a million dollars worth of funding is being distributed to help York County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic secure housing stability. 

The United Way of York County received $500,000 worth of funding from the United Way Association of SC. It is being distributed as part of their Emergency Rental Assitance program. 

The City of Rock Hill received an allotment of money, which it is distributing to qualified agencies through the Catawba Area Coalition for the Homeless (CACH). CACH will then distribute funds to qualified participants.

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“We want to make sure that individuals experiencing housing instability due to impacts from COVID-19 do not get lost in the process as they seek support," Jennifer McAdams, director of economic & urban development for the City of Rock Hill, explained in a released statement. "This money will ensure agencies can narrow their focus to the issue of housing insecurity.”  

Other York County agencies can apply for funds, up to $25,000, to provide financial assistance and housing stability services to eligible households.

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“Millions of Americans are burdened by their housing costs each year due to stagnant wages and the lack of affordable options, forcing them into housing insecurity," James Jeter, United Way’s VP of Operations, said in a statement. "United Way of York County is excited about this incredible opportunity to supply funding that will support housing needs across our community. We see this as an asset to our entire county, putting us one step closer to achieving our community goal of helping 3,000 York County families achieve self-sufficiency by 2030.”  

This is the largest grant United Way of York County, SC has ever secured, according to the United Way.

Housing instability encompasses, according to the United Way, challenges including rent payments, overcrowded housing, frequent moves, and spending beyond 30% of one's household income on housing.

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