GIC Interview: Tammie Hoy


This week’s GetInspired interview is with Tammie Hoy, the director of the Lowcountry Housing Trust. Read on to learn how Tammie’s helping to make housing a reality for residents of our region.

What do you do?
I operate the Lowcountry Housing Trust, a regional non-profit organization committed to ensuring affordable housing opportunities for all citizens in the region regardless of income. We pride ourselves on being advocates, catalysts for change and resource developers to ensure the provision of affordable housing.

What are you liking right now?
I’m liking the fact that there is buzz in the air that we need to do something about Regional planning, that growth is here, more is coming and we have to think smart about the way we plan the future of our communities.

What inspires you?
People. I am amazed at the hearts and souls and visions of people. There is no one person like the other; we all have our unique place and space and purpose. Even if we don’t know it yet. I am in awe of the dreamers and the doers and the dreamers that do, I am humbled by the people that make it happen and no one even knows it, and I am enamored by the people that do great things just because it’s the right thing to do!

What’s the best thing about Charleston?
Its diversity.

What three things would you tell a friend to do/see in Charleston?
1. Go for a bike ride through Wadmalaw Island to Rockville absorbing the beauty of the live oaks and quaint environments.
2. Kayak the ACE basin area enjoying the unique sounds of the South.
3. Get lost on a stroll through historic downtown Charleston imagining it’s the 1800s.

How did you land here in Charleston?
I was destined to be here! Or as most foreigners from the North, I came here to attend the College of Charleston and never left!

If you ran the region for a day, what would you do?
NIMBY (not in my back yard) would be eliminated and all people would understand why affordable housing is critical to the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. (Remember I’m an Idealist)

Finish this sentence….In 2015 Charleston will be_________?
A place where anyone and everyone would want to be and could be!

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