Canal Cove homes offered to lower income families

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Housing Authority and City of Myrtle Beach are giving lower-income families a chance to own a home. About 16 people are waiting in line to find out if they get to move into the three new homes in the Canal Cove neighborhood.

Elouise Alston said the chance to apply for one of the homes is like a dream come true. Alston said, "I never had a house in my life and I would like to have a house. I'm living in a mobile home right now."

The city of Myrtle Beach and the Housing Authority said individual homes were built to help improve the area and give lower-income families a chance to be a homeowner. Edna Wright, the coordinator for Growth and Housing Rehab with the City of Myrtle Beach said, "Number one we wanted to be able to establish roots in the community that makes a big difference. They take more pride in the neighborhood and we have an economy, but these homes are easier to afford."

Wright said the three homes will be sold at a discounted rate of $85,000 each to families that qualify. Wright added that it really is on a first-come, first-served basis. Wright said, "The funding is coming from the federal government through a state organization through the housing authority and the city of Myrtle Beach."

And those who already live in the area say they are optimistic about their new neighbors. Longtime resident Mary Canty said, "It would be a joy, such an improvement-such progress and I pray whoever applies and gets accepted will be a Christian family."

Some are hopeful it will cut down on the crime in the area. Canty added, "If the families are concerned about what goes on in the community-have to be concerned and dedicated-have to want to see it thrive instead of being destroyed."

The City of Myrtle Beach said they hope to have three families moved in within the next three months. Another home will also be built in the area after the three homes are sold.

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