Community Development

The mission of the Community Development Division is to improve the quality of life for low and moderate income City of Greenville residents. Community Development facilitates meaningful programs which address the root causes of poverty and need, involving all community stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs and projects. Each Community Development activity is defined as "community-owned" due to such diverse and thorough input during need assessment, development, implementation and evaluation.

Community Development News

Sterling Community Groundbreaking

In celebration of Community Development Week, Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the City of Greenville, Christ Church Episcopal, and Homes of Hope, broke ground on Joshua's Way, a new affordable housing development in the Sterling Community, at 502 Jenkins Street. Six new single-family homes and about seven rental units for seniors will be built in Sterling with construction expected to be completed in 2020. 
Photo from groundbreaking event showing CD Staff Michael Williamson and Ashlee Tolbert

GAP Grant Recipients

The Grant Assistance Partnership (GAP) is a combined effort among the City of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. GAP provides grant awards to neighborhood associations that are seeking positive community development through various initiatives and projects tailored to meet the needs of their individual neighborhoods.

GAP funding of up to $2,500 is available to city neighborhood associations located withing the city's Special Emphasis neighborhoods. Projects may also address one or more of the following areas of neighborhood development: resident involvement, beautification, communication, crime prevention, housing development, organizational development, training and education and capital improvements.

The following neighborhoods are recipients of GAP funding for 2017-2018:

  • Green Avenue Area Civic Civic Association
  • Haynie-Sirrine Neighborhood Association
  • Nicholtown Neighborhood Association
  • Southernside Neighborhood Association
  • West Greenville Community Association                                                      

For more information on GAP grants contact Ashlee Tolbert at or 467-4567.

Harmony House

Notice of Intent to Release Funds and
Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact

On or about July 7, 2017, the City of Greenville will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (under authorization of the Housing Opportunity Program Extension Act of 1996, Section 11) and HOME funds (under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act as amended through December 31, 1998) to undertake a project known as 800 Pendleton Street Rehabilitation for the purpose of creating a 26-bed transitional recovery residence for women. This property is located along the Pendleton Street commercial (C-3) corridor in the West End neighborhood. The projected cost of this rehabilitation is $400,000, of which the City plans to contribute $30,000 from federal HOME funding.  

The City has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment; therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969  is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record on file in the City's Community Development Division office at 206 South Main Street, and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The record is also available on the HUD Exchange website. 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments regarding the Environmental Review Record to the City of Greenville Community Development Division at The City will consider all comments received by Friday, July 7, 2017 prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which notice they are addressing. View the complete Public Notice.

Annual Action Plan Draft

The City’s Community Development Division is seeking public comment on proposed plans as reported in the draft Annual Action Plan. This planning process occurs every year at this time as Community Development outlines the budget for the coming year.

Submission of the Annual Action Plan serves as the City’s application for funding under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. CDBG funds can be used to assist low and moderate income persons, for prevention or elimination of slum or blight, and to meet an urgent need. HOME funds are primarily used to create affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income persons. HOPWA funding is used to assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families with short-term rent, mortgage and utility assistance, supportive services, and tenant-based rental assistance.  

Please send comments to Community Development Division, P.O. Box 2207, Greenville, SC 29602, ATTN: Christa Jordan, Community Planner, or e-mail to For more information, please call Christa Jordan at 864-467-4570.

DRAFT Programmatic Agreement

Between The City and the State Historic Preservation Office

Prior to any rehabilitation, new construction, property acquisition, or demolition done with federal dollars, the City performs a review of site conditions known as an Environmental Review. As part of this review, the historic character of a property is considered in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and in some instances (depending on the work being done), includes consultation with tribal governments and other entities interested in historic preservation.

Because undertakings funded by federal programs often include certain types of routine activities that do not have the potential to cause effects on historic properties, the City is requesting that those activities be exempt from review.This requires a Programmatic Agreement between the City and SHPO, which outlines the specific undertakings that will no longer require review by SHPO, as well as those that will.   

A draft of the Programmatic Agreement is available here for review and comment. Please contact Christa Jordan, Community Planner, at or 864-467-4428 with questions and comments.