WASHINGTON -- Federal housing officials Wednesday released $10 billion in stimulus funds, with $117.2 million headed for South Carolina.
Most other states also began accessing $15 billion in Medicaid funds from President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic-stimulus plan, but South Carolina can't draw on its $173 million share until it broadens eligibility rules and services.
Shaun Donovan, U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, said that the HUD stimulus funds were available to states, cities and counties just eight days after Obama signed the stimulus bill into law.
"They will generate tens of thousands of jobs, help the families and communities hardest hit by the economic crisis and modernize homes to make them energy efficient," Donovan said.
The federal agency said it will release an additional $2.5 billion in competitively awarded grants as early as next week to help mitigate foreclosures and create green jobs.
Public housing authorities across South Carolina will receive $35.9 million to develop, finance and modernize their facilities. A primary focus of the money is to make public housing more energy-efficient and for safety repairs.
Housing authorities in Rock Hill and surrounding towns will get more than $2 million.
In separate legislation, the House passed a $410 billion appropriations bill that would steer about $6 billion to South Carolina through dozens of federal programs.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said he steered $35 million of the funds for 27 projects across the state.
Among the largest projects are $10 million for Lake Marion water-quality pipelines; almost $10 million for science programs at the state's historically black colleges and universities; and $4.6 million to develop the Interstate 95/U.S. 301 interchange.
Of the HUD stimulus funds released Wednesday, the S.C. Housing, Finance and Development Authority will get $25.4 million to kick-start the construction of affordable rental housing projects.
The state will receive $11.1 million to administer homelessness-prevention programs.
The state will get $5.9 million for community development block grants. Columbia, Rock Hill and seven other cities will split an additional $1.6 million in CDBG funds.
The Catawba Indian Nation will receive $507,146 to renovate housing and make it more energy-efficient.