Today, officials from USDA Rural Development, state and local officials and Partners In Hope, Inc., were in Murrells Inlet to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new assisted living facility and senior center.
Construction of the 60-bed assisted living and facility and senior center is expected to be completed by early summer of 2015. The facility will consist of approximately 43,800 square feet of space with amenities including activity rooms, library, beauty shop and exercise rooms.
State Director Vernita F. Dore said, “USDA Rural Development is pleased to be a partner in this project that will make a major impact on the quality-of-life provided to senior citizens in Horry County and the surrounding areas.” Dore added, “This is a result of the federal government working in collaboration with the local community to improve the quality of life for our senior citizens.”
USDA Rural Development is providing a $6.42 million direct loan and a $2 million loan guarantee to assist with this project. The funds are being provided through the agency’s Community Facilities Program.
USDA’s Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
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