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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- With the help of the community, the Midlands is getting ready to begin construction on more housing for low income families.

The empty lot where the construction is slated to begin may be just a rainy day home to a few birds as of Friday afternoon, a day that much of the Midlands got soaked with heavy rain, but the lot will soon be home to families in the Midlands who need it most.

"It's four affordable housing duplexes," said Lila Anna Sauls, President and CEO of Trinity Housing Corporation which secured funds for the construction.

Saul said four units will be affordable to rent, and will be available to low income families in the Midlands.

Construction will begin Jan. 22 on Live Oak Place, which will be located just off Two Notch Road in Columbia on Waites Road, and will be available to families making no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

That means a working family of four makes $47,100, according to information fromFamilies USA, a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

"The term is called working poor," Sauls said. "They're working 40 hours per week, but they're working a job with no benefits."

Sauls said Trinity Housing Corporation worked to secure more than $500,000 in grants and donations.

The organization also runs St. Lawrence Place, giving homes and life skill training to 28 homeless families.

"Our families were graduating successfully, but even though they had worked hard for two years, after two years, it still was not enough," Sauls said.

Sauls said many families just don't make enough money, making a need for more affordable housing.

"Columbia has a huge deficit of affordable housing," she said. "It's just not available."

Wells Fargo donated a $50,000 Priority Markets Grant.

The Midlands Housing Trust Fund, State Housing Trust Fund, Bank of America, and the Shandon Presbyterian Church also contributed funding.

Sauls said the organization will evaluate the success of Live Oak Place before making decisions on whether or not to build more developments

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