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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. Our approach involves the participation of 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 of each activity.

Draft CAPER Report Available

The 2013-2014 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) is an evaluation report outlining Community Development’s accomplishments during the 2013-2014 program year. The report examines Community Development’s activities affecting housing, the living environment, and economic development compared to the goals and priorities set in its 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan.

The City of Greenville Community Development Division will conduct a Public Meeting on Tuesday September 23, 2014 for the purpose of reviewing the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).

The September 23, 2014 public meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at City Hall, located at 206 South Main Street in downtown Greenville. Please call (864)467-4570 for further information or questions.

Comments will be accepted on the CAPER through September 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Please address comments to:
Wayne Leftwich
Phone: (864)467-4574
E-mail: wleftwich@greenvillesc.gov

SC HELP May Offer Mortgage Assistance

South Carolina's mortgage rescue program, SC HELP, is standing ready to assist those homeowners who find themselves falling behind on their mortgage due to unemployment and other unforeseen circumstances.

Homeowners facing default or foreclosure due to unemployment, underemployment, loss of self-employed income and even divorce, death of a spouse or catastrophic medical bills should log on now to SCHELP.gov or call toll free 855-425-7472 to see if assistance is available.

There is no fee or cost for assistance from SC HELP. Applying for or receiving aid from SC HELP will not affect unemployment benefits, weekly payments, or eligibility for unemployment. Available assistance includes: Monthly Payment Assistance - Help making monthly first-mortgage payments while seeking additional income and a return to self-sustainability. Direct Loan "Catch-Up" Assistance - Reinstates first mortgage and ends late-fees and penalties, for homeowners who have fallen behind on payments during a difficult financial period, but are currently self-sustaining. Transition Assistance - In cases where the home cannot be saved, those who complete a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure may qualify for a one-time payment of $5,000 to help with expenses involved with transitioning from homeownership to renting.

Don't wait until you've missed a mortgage payment. Apply NOW at SCHELP.gov. For more information, contact Clayton Ingram at 803-896-9520.

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An Exciting Project, Connections for Sustainability, Focuses on Greenville's West Side

In the spring of 2011, the City began a federally funded project in order to develop a unified and comprehensive plan for Greenville's west side, which is home to three of the City's Special Emphasis Neighborhoods. Entitled Connections for Sustainability: Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space, the project will combine $1.8 million in funding from the HUD Community Challenge and DOT Tiger II Planning Grants with over $1 million in local and federal investments. and outreach, and community involvement.

The citywide planning effort is complete and can now guide Greenville's growth in ways that improve quality of life for all residents and function as the groundwork for planning on the west side. West side planning integrates on-going efforts with future plans for affordable housing, transportation options, economic development opportunities, and open space in the community. Education and outreach ensured that city residents and community leaders were familiar with the best practices for creating a sustainable community and were kept informed throughout the planning and implementation processes. Community involvement encouraged input and guaranteed that all planning efforts represent the community’s vision for the future. Engaging the public in every step of the planning process helped increase support for the implementation of the community vision.

For more information, visit the Connections website.

Contact

Ginny Stroud
Community Development Administrator

Wayne Leftwich
Community Planner

Michael Williamson
CD Project Manager

Yvonne Simpson
Neighborhood Planner

Christa Jordan
Livability Grant Coordinator

Regina Wynder
Administrative Assistant

You can reach our office during business hours by calling
864-467-4570
We are located at:
206 S. Main St.
(6th floor)
Greenville, SC

Our mailing address:
City of Greenville
Community Development
P.O. Box 2207
Greenville, SC 29602

or email us with your questions or comments.

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