Work & Worth: Building Healthy Communities

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development is a statewide network of nonprofits, financial institutions, local governments and businesses focused on underserved areas, from urban centers to the rural countryside.

SCACED works through its members to strengthen communities. One is the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation, which prevents low-wealth heirs’ property owners from losing their land by helping them obtain clear title through education, legal and mediation services, community empowerment and wills clinics. The Center also promotes sustainable land use for increased economic benefit to landowners.

Another member organization is Homes of Hope, which develops affordable, energy efficient homes. It also helps individuals overcoming addiction and poverty rebuild their lives through mentoring, job training and asset development assistance.