HCCOA History

As a result of the Older Americans Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, Horry County Council on Aging begins providing services in Conway, SC in 1966.


1975 – Horry County Council on Aging becomes incorporated (HCCOA Inc.)
1975 – Four small Senior Citizen Centers and an Administration building are opened
1976 – Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) begin
1992 – Opened two additional Senior Centers in Loris and Aynor
1993 – Built Grand Strand Senior Center in Myrtle Beach
1994 – Begin receiving county supplemental funding of $38,000
1995 – Reorganize, creating a new organizational structure
1996 – Petition County Council to run a Referendum for dedicated tax millage
1997 – Placed referendum on County ballot for dedicated millage; Approved by 67%
1998 – Receive first dedicated quarterly funding allocation of $164,500
1999 – Opened Senior Center in Surfside Beach
2000 – Opened Senior Center in North Myrtle Beach
2000 – Opened Senior Center in Bucksport
2001 – Built new Conway Senior Center
2001 – Opened new Senior Center in Green Sea / Floyds
2002 – Opened Burgess Senior Center
2002 – Served over 175,000 meals to seniors
2002 – Served over 300,000 passenger miles of service to senior citizens
2003 – Built new Senior Center in Bucksport
2003 – Received "Focal Point" designation for senior citizen programs by DHHS
2004 – Received $350,000 County Tax allocations
2004 – Total budget reached $1,000,000 mark
2005 – Served over 8000 senior citizen clients
2005 – Served over 200,000 meals to seniors
2006 – HCCOA receives State of South Carolina award for best Wellness Program statewide
2007 – Hosted “Retirement Living: Choices for Independence” television documentary in Myrtle Beach
2008 – Budget exceeded $1.75 million
2008 – Served over 9000 senior citizen clients
2009 – Co-sponsored a USDA Assisted Living Facility in Conway, SC
2011 – Began construction on Section 202 - 28 unit apartment complex in Loris
2012 – Opened Carolina Forest Senior Center
2012 – Served over 10,000 senior citizen clients
2012 – Planned a recycle thrift shop in partnership with County Solid Waste Authority, “The Store”
2013 – Budget exceeded $2.0 million for the first time
2014 – Built new Loris Senior Center
2014 – Consolidated Board of Director Districts to better represent its Seniors Centers and Citizens
2014 – Executive Director named to Lt. Governor’s Task Force on SC Aging Network Policy and Programs
2015 – “The Store”, the recycle thrift shop exceeds $80,000 in its first year
2015 – Began partnership with SC AARP to educate Legislature on senior citizen issues
2015 – Began strategic planning for 5 year plan revision
2016 – Began the planning of new Carolina Forest Senior Center