I am the Executive Director for a non profit in North Charleston, SC called the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC). LAMC is the only grassroots organization in the United States to use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to mitigate the impacts from two federal funded projects. We use our mitigation funds (total of 8 million dollars) to address legacy poverty concerns in low-wealth communities located in the southern end of North Charleston. Our funds support our purpose to create healthy families by creating opportunities for our residents to obtain affordable housing, close the economic and educational gaps, and address legacy environmental justice concerns.
We have a total of 9 endowments and 2 revolving funds which we use those resources to create opportunities for our families. To date, we have awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to high school students, we have awarded over $30,000 to support community-based projects, we have land banked over 30 properties for affordable housing opportunities -- constructed 5 homes for rental and home ownership, and we advocate at the local level for strategies and policy to spur redevelopment of contaminated sites in our community which is beneficial for our families.
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