Oak Tree Farm
Oak Tree Farm symbolizes strength of character and courage. Oak Tree Farm will be an affordable housing community designed for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. The community will include access to transportation, life skills training, an amenities center, a swimming pool, on-site laundry facilities, and more. Oak Tree Farm will provide housing for adult individuals with autism and related disabilities. Horry County citizens with developmental disabilities have no access to housing in the community. There is a severe lack of safe and sustainable housing for individuals with developmental disabilities in Horry County.
Many of these individuals are unable to work and rely solely on SSI. Individuals who are able to work can often work only part time due to issues related to their disability. In addition, due to issues related to their disability, this population is frequently only able to work in minimum wage, entry level positions. People with disabilities are vulnerable to poverty. According to the Horry County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2014, in South Carolina in 2011, 30.2% of people with a disability aged 21-64 were living below the poverty line. Only 28% were employed.