NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on July 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments will host a Public Hearing on behalf of Dorchester County at the Dorchester County Human Services Building, 500 North Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483, concerning an application to be submitted to South Carolina Department of Commerce, Grants Administration for a Community Development Block Grant.  Dorchester County is requesting $215,000 to carry out the following activities:

Dorchester County is seeking to partner with the Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) to provide additional food resources to primarily low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons via food bank partner agencies that serve HUD-documented LMI areas throughout the county. Dorchester County will also provide additional refrigeration and freezer capacity to those LCFB partners who do not currently have adequate capacity or capability to temporarily store fresh and/or frozen food items prior to distribution. Dorchester County intends to hire one part-time staff member during the grant term to facilitate the program, manage equipment purchases and coordinate food distribution efforts to partner agencies.

This public hearing and the matters to be discussed are subject to the provisions of the Dorchester County’s Citizen Participation Plan, developed in anticipation of participation in the State of South Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, providing for the participation of the citizens of the County in the planning and implementation of community and economic development projects which will involve CDBG funds.

The Citizen Participation Plan is available for review at the Dorchester County Human Services building, 500 North Main Street, Summerville SC 29483 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.  Persons with questions or comments concerning the public hearing or the Citizen Participation Plan may contact Kristin Miguez, Dorchester-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, 5790 Casper Padgett Way, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406, telephone number (843) 529-0400.

Dorchester County does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its federally assisted programs or activities. Julie Byars, Kenneth F. Waggoner Services Center, 201 Johnston Street, St. George, SC 29477, 843-563-0100 has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s regulations. If auxiliary aids are required, please notify the above-designated person seventy-two (72) hours before the meeting.