Affordable housing in the City of Greenville
City Council adopted the "Balancing Prosperity and Housing Affordability in Greenville" report on January 9.

Affordable Housing Strategy

On January 9, 2017, City Council adopted the “Balancing Prosperity and Housing Affordability in Greenville” report and appropriated $2 million toward implementation of the recommendations made in the report. Among the recommendations was that the City's contribution be complemented by $1 million from philanthropic, corporate, and other charitable sources.

The report was the culmination of over six months of work by a 25-member volunteer steering committee, including three members of City Council, to develop strategies and offer recommendations to aid in the creation and retention of affordable housing options.  The steering committee worked with Charles Buki and consulting firm czb. 

The report identifies two key strategies to address the affordable housing challenges:  (1) the active preservation of existing units that are already affordable as well as the production of new units and (2) the acquisition of property to support the production of new affordable housing.  The plan further recommends the creation of a Housing Trust Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that would receive contributions and distribute funding according to established guidelines.  

Over the next four months, an expenditure plan will be developed and presented to City Council for review and approval.  The expenditure plan will outline the design and establishment of the Housing Trust Fund and determine the focus, projects, programs, and eligible applicants for use of the funding.

Plan your future with financial stability
The Human Relations Commission and the City of Greenville are teaming up to help you prepare for financial stability.

Financial Stability Workshop

Start the new year off right by getting your finances in order.  The Greenville County Human Relations Commission and the City of Greenville will host a financial stability workshop on January 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Connection (510 Old Augusta Road) with a special workshop just for teens at the Pleasant Valley Teen Connection center and on January 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Nicholtown Community Center (112 Rebecca Street). The workshops will offer resources and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the presenters on how to obtain and maintain financial stability. 

Spring into Action with GAP Funding

The Grant Assistance Partnership (GAP) is a combined effort among the City of Greenville, Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, and the United Way of Greenville County to empower neighborhood associations.  Funding for the GAP program is provided by the City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority through Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with funds from the United Way of Greenville County.  Eligible neighborhood associations can apply for up to $2,500 per year to be used for certain neighborhood activities and initiatives.

All neighborhood associations that receive GAP funding and are planning to apply for GAP grants for the 2017-2018 grant cycle are required to have residents participate in Greenville Dreams and its Grassroots Leadership Development Program (GLDP). Stay tuned for more information on the GAP application process. Applications are due in May 2017 and the application will be available on the City’s web site.

Example of brownfield
Brownfield grants are used for environmental assessments to help stimulate economic development and growth.

Brownfields Grant

The City of Greenville recently applied for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grant in the amount of $300,000 for hazardous substance funding and petroleum funding. The EPA provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes, and others to assess and safely clean up contaminated properties for redevelopment, which helps protects human health and the environment, and reduces blight. Redeveloping brownfield sites also takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands. In 2014, the City received a $400,000 brownfields grant to use for environmental assessments and outreach for three years. The City has been a part of the EPA’s brownfields program since 2000 and has focused the majority of the work on the community’s west side, including projects such as the Kroc Center and AJ Whittenberg Elementary School. For more information on the brownfields assessment grant, please contact Christa Jordan at 864-467-4428 or Ashlee Tolbert at 864-467-4567.

Community Connections - Top 5 ways to get connected with YOUR community

  • Join the neighborhood association where you live – many neighborhood associations send out newsletters and/or emails about events and happenings in the neighborhood and hold regular meetings with speakers from the City, as well as local businesses and organizations. Some neighborhood associations even serve food at their meetings!
  • Volunteer – even if it’s only once a year, if you take time to volunteer, you will be rewarded with a new perspective and appreciation for the work that goes into making your community great. Volunteering is a fantastic way to explore your passion, meet new friends, or build your resume.
  • Attend a meeting at City Hall – City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Other meetings related to important plans and developments are open to the public and held on a regular basis. Agendas are available on the City’s website and as an email subscription to help you stay informed. ( )
  • Follow local news –the City publishes several electronic newsletters, including Community Connections, all of which are available on our website:
  • Connect with local resources – free or low-cost resources are available to help you or someone you know maintain their home or find a better-paying job. For example, the City offers low-interest loans to help qualified homeowners cover the cost of basic home repairs such as leaking roofs and ADA accessibility. The loan repayment is based on your household income. The City maintains a list of housing and workforce resources on our website. 

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