Mt. Pleasant Affordable Housing Task Force seeks funding for more housing options

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Most people who work in Mount Pleasant can't afford to live there.

According to the Mount Pleasant Affording Housing Task Force, 72 percent of people who work in Mount Pleasant commute.

That's why the town is trying to creating more housing options.

Owner of Salon Salon of Charleston Rachael Geib used to live in Mount Pleasant.

"I used to live across the street, but of course here it was much more expensive, so I went to the Hanahan, North Charleston area to get more for my money." Geib said.

She's owned her business in Mount Pleasant for about 14 years and moved out of the town two years later, but she likes the people and the area.

"It's not as convenient, but you do what you gotta do." Geib said.

The Mount Pleasant Affordable Housing Task Force was created by Town Council to come up with fresh ideas to help bring affordable housing options from people who range in age from seniors to young workers who may just be starting out.

"The kind of people who need affordable housing in Mount Pleasant are school teachers first, nurses, fireman, police officers, people who work for the town of Mount Pleasant. Their incomes are too low to be able to afford market rate housing," said Debby Waid a member of the task force.

Waid says she's heard of four teachers living in one apartment so they can afford to live near the schools they work.

The task force is in the final stages of getting authorization for a 501(c)(3) a nonprofit organization that will make them eligible for gr ants and federal funding.

The goal of the group is to work with developers to help bring quality homes at a lower costs.

"It's more of a group that will bring together resources. Resources in terms of funding sources, identifying land that could be developed into affordable housing," Waid said.

There is no set timeline on when there will be more affordable housing development in the town, but the creation of the nonprofit organization is one step toward making it a reality.

"Hopefully we'll get affordable housing over here and I can move back and be closer to my work." Geib said.

Morgan Allison