Press Releases and News Articles

10/22/2018 - BEGIN WITH BOOKS

BEGIN WITH BOOKS is Charleston County’s premier early literacy program, and we are proud to have been working with Charleston Housing Authority since we opened service on Charleston Peninsula in January 2013.

08/20/2018 - Local politicians in Charleston resist paying into fund for affordable housing

While more luxury apartments are built in downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston, rent prices across the metro area continue to climb. Often, people who work in the priciest areas can’t afford to live there, so they either face long commutes or have to find jobs closer to home.

08/10/2018 - Editorial: Land trust a new tool for affordable housing in Charleston

Land is expensive on the Charleston peninsula. That’s not exactly news.


08/09/2018 - New hope for site of old Cooper bridges

With development booming throughout the upper peninsula, the large swath of vacant land along Meeting Street on Charleston’s East Side seems like an untapped opportunity.

07/26/2018 - New affordable housing to rise on Meeting Street in center of Charleston’s East Side

A new housing development rising on Nassau Street will return some reasonable price-points to the rapidly gentrifying East Side neighborhood in downtown Charleston.

07/26/2018 - Charleston public housing braces for challenges as it goes smoke-free

When the nation’s public housing goes smoke-free next week, the Charleston Housing Authority admits it will be struggling with how to enforce the ban even after adopting its own no-smoking policy last fall.



07/16/2018 - Why more affordable housing isn't getting built where it's needed most in South Carolina


06/07/2018 - Housing plan would raise rents for poor in Charleston and U.S. by 20 percent

Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for more than 4 million low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness.

06/07/2018 - Raising rents would hurt low-income families

Charleston’s housing crisis is so acute that even families earning modest incomes struggle to find affordable homes. And the region’s low-wage workers face an almost impossible task affording market-rate rents. Not surprisingly, the supply of public housing is woefully inadequate to meet demand.

06/05/2018 - When Mount Pleasant was small and diverse, affordable housing was created

MOUNT PLEASANT — South Carolina's fourth-largest city was quite a different place in 1950, a racially diverse town with fewer than 1,900 residents. Even then, affordable housing was a problem.

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A message from our President/Chief Executive Officer:

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston was born of action on December 18, 1934 by a vote of the Charleston City Council. However, the actual permission for such a "creation" came via statute in the South Carolina General Assembly in March of 1934.

We have come a long way in our society, our City and our personal relationships. Nevertheless, the need for Public housing still exists today. We have so much more to do before we can truly say, the job is done.

Donald J. Cameron
President/Chief Executive Officer
Housing Authority of the City of Charleston