Look, I know these are tough economic times. Really tough.

In fact, some of you I’m sure are having a hard time paying your mortgages. Hell, you may have even missed a few payments.

Fortunately, the great state of South Carolina is doing something about this problem. They’re itching to provide free housing to a whole host of Sandlappers.

Just check out this list from the state Budget and Control Board:

That the following may be permitted to occupy residences owned by the respective departments without charge: the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, the Director of the Department of Mental Health, the Farm Director, Farm Managers, and Specialists employed at the Wateree River Correctional Institution, Walden Correctional Institution, MacDougall Youth Correctional Center, and Givens Youth Correctional Center; the S. C. State Commission of Forestry fire tower operators, forestry aides, and caretaker at central headquarters; the Department of Natural Resources’ Game Management Personnel, Fish Hatchery Superintendents, Lake Superintendent, and Fort Johnson Superintendent; the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism field personnel in the State Parks Division; Director of Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School; President of the School for the Deaf and the Blind; houseparents for the Commission for the Blind; S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control personnel at the State Park Health Facility and Camp Burnt Gin; Residence Life Coordinators at Lander University; Residence Life Directors, temporary and transition employees, student interns, and emergency personnel at Winthrop University; Farm Superintendent at Winthrop University; Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistants at the College of Charleston; Clemson University’s Head Football Coach; the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs’ physicians and other professionals at Whitten Center, Clemson University Off-Campus Agricultural Staff and Housing Area Coordinators; and University of South Carolina’s Manager of Bell Camp Facility, Housing Maintenance Night Supervisors, Residence Life Directors, temporary and transition employees, and emergency medical personnel; TriCounty Technical College’s Bridge to Clemson Resident and Area Directors. Except in the case of elected officials, the fair market rental value of any residence furnished to a state employee shall be reported by the state agency furnishing the residence to the Agency Head Salary Commission, and the Division of Budget and Analyses by October first, of each fiscal year.

Were you on there? Bummer. Neither was I.

Maybe next year.

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