The Mayors' Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing is an established effort under Mayor John J. Tecklenburg of the City of Charleston, Mayor Will Haynie of Mount Pleasant, Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston and Mayor Wiley Johnson of Summerville. The Commission is an advocacy group whose mission is "to ensure safe, decent, affordable housing and services for homeless persons, those at-risk of becoming homeless and very low-, low- and moderate- income citizens, to ensure the services they need are available so that they achieve their potential."
The Mayors' Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing was built on the previously established, Mayor's Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. The Council had more than twenty years of experience advocating for housing issues at both the local and state level and has accomplished worthwhile goals and established a reputation for its success in working collaboratively, effectively, innovatively and efficiently to prevent homelessness and create affordable housing opportunities for all citizens.
The Mayors' Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing is currently collaborating with local, State and Federal Agencies for improved processes for persons experiencing homelessness, working to implement the Housing First Model (PDF), and is seeking additional funding that ensures the provision of housing and supportive services to prevent homelessness and to assist citizens transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. As a part of their mission to locate funding the commission has partnered with the Palmetto Project, a local nonprofit to find resources to assist persons in need. Information is provided below.
Founded in February 2016, the Homeless to Hope Fund was initially established by Mayor Tecklenburg to assist persons transitioning from homeless encampments. However, because of the need for financial assistance, the fund continued to provide support for those transitioning from homelessness. The Fund is overseen and managed by the Palmetto Project, an area nonprofit that seeks to identify innovative strategies to address the social and economic challenges facing our state, and put them into action.