Connections

Homeownership Month

 
June is Homeownership Month, and to celebrate, we want to highlight two special communities:

Chicora Crest
Located in the Haynie-Sirrine neighborhood, Chicora Crest was completed in 2014 through a partnership between Homes of Hope and the City of Greenville. It features a mixture of owner-occupied and affordable rental units, with a total of 29 homes.

This year, the Haynie-Sirrine Neighborhood Association used funds they received from the Grant Assistance Program (GAP) to make improvements to the common area in Chicora Crest. Improvements included an additional light post and picnic table to complement their gazebo, which was funded through the GAP program in 2016.

Mt. Eustis Corners
Mt. Eustis Corners is located in the Greenline-Spartanburg neighborhood, where Genesis Homes, Quinn-Satterfield and the City of Greenville are collaborating to make home ownership opportunities available to individuals who qualify.

Chicora Crest and Mt. Eustis Corners are examples of how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are used to benefit existing neighborhoods. The City’s Community Development Division works to ensure CDBG funds are used to improve and support programming in the city. The infographic below highlights the work supported and completed through Community Development, using CDBG funds: 


 

Infographic for Community Development highlighting facts
For more information on Mt. Eustis Corners or other Community Development programs, call 467-4570 or visit http://greenvillesc.gov/265/Community-Development.
Allie Johns local realtor
Allie works as a local realtor and knows the challenges of first-time homebuyers.

Homeownership Spotlight

 

Allie Johns is a local realtor who knows all too well the process of buying a home. Before she started her career in real estate, she was faced with the decision of whether to continue renting or buy a home.

When she decided to take steps to become a homeowner, Allie was faced with the challenge of finding affordable housing within her ideal area. She knew she wanted a diverse neighborhood that was close to downtown, so when she found the Green Avenue and Washington Heights neighborhoods, she immediately fell in love with the homes, the community and the affordability. While the model she liked was not available, she learned that two additional lots had been purchased through the City of Greenville and the builder was going to build affordable houses on the lots. Allie was able to purchase one of them, and qualified for a program that allowed her to finance her home at 100% because her income was 80% of the area medium income.

Allie is now the realtor for Mt. Eustis Corners, located in the Greenline-Spartanburg community. She is passionate about affordable housing and helping first-time homebuyers through the process because she can relate to their situation and is familiar with the many programs available to help first-time homebuyers 

Summer Food Program for Children


Greenville County Schools provides nutritionally balanced meals during the summer break through its Summer Food Service Program. The program is offered in areas of need where 50% or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year. At these sites, all children 18 and under are eligible for meals at no charge.
Please visit the Greenville County Schools website for a list of participating schools. 


 

City of Greenville Police GANG Hotline
For additional information about the GANG Hotline, call 467-4264.

GANG Hotline


The Greenville Police Department's GANG Hotline provides citizens with a number to call for non-emergency gang-related issues. The hotline serves as a community outreach tool and provides access to:

  • Educational training on gangs
  • Supportive services for parents who want to address their youth’s involvement in gangs
  • Help for gang-involved individuals who want to change
  • Information about other GPD programs, such as the Officer Allen Jacobs GREAT Summer Camp and Cops on the Court.

The GANG Hotline is a component of GPD's GRAVITY (Gang Reduction and Violence Intervention Targeting Youth) program. A primary goal of GRAVITY is to reduce gang-related violence in the community by offering prevention and intervention services.  

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