Charleston Trident Urban League receives grant

The federal government announced more than $36 million in housing-related grants Tuesday, but South Carolina’s direct share will be just $35,206, about a third of which will make it to the Lowcountry.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the grants to hundreds of national, regional and local organizations will help families with housing needs and prevent foreclosures.

The Charleston Trident Urban League is the only organization in the Lowcountry to receive a grant, and will get $11,352. Trident’s program director, George Bresnihan, said every little bit helps.

“That 11,000-and-some dollars pays for a portion of the counseling we do,” he said. “We have other grants that help.”

Charleston Trident Urban League’s work includes counseling first-time homebuyers and providing financial literacy training to help people prepare to buy homes.

A free workshop the organization will hold Saturday in Charleston is an example of that effort. The workshop will be held 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston County Library, 68 Calhoun St. Attendees need to register in advance, because space is limited, by calling 769-8173.