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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.

Notice of Funding Availability

The City of Greenville's Community Development division (CD) is seeking applications from qualified organizations for the development of housing opportunities within the City of Greenville during the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. During this grant period, CD will be receiving and administering Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funds to assist in improving the quality of life among the City’s low- and moderate- income citizens.

All Applications are due by 5 pm, Friday, February 7, 2014. For more information, contact Yvonne Simpson at 864-467-4567; Ginny Stroud at 864-467-4568 or Michael Williamson at 864-467-4416.
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Project Selection Criteria

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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 will 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 will establish the desired connections by integrating on-going efforts with future plans for affordable housing, transportation options, economic development opportunities, and open space in the community. Education and outreach will ensure that city residents and community leaders are familiar with the best practices for creating a sustainable community and are kept informed throughout the planning and implementation processes. Community involvement will encourage input and guarantee that all planning efforts represent the community’s vision for the future. Engaging the public in every step of the planning process will increase support for the implementation of the community vision.

For updates and more information, visit the Connections website and sign up for the project's regular newsletter.

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 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 For more information, contact Clayton Ingram at 803-896-9520.

HUD 2013-14 Notice of Funding Released

The 2013 and 2014 U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was released on November 22, 2013. This notice is intended for Upstate Continuum of Care (CoC)-funded agencies. If your agency receives funding from another South Carolina CoC, please check in with the Collaborative Applicant in that area for instructions on their competition framework.

For those agencies wishing to place a new application in this competition, please be advised that HUD has stated that the only new applications that will be accepted are for CoC Planning (available only to the CoC’s lead agency) and Unified Funding Agency. No new supportive service programs for homeless persons in any subcategory are eligible to apply for a new project this this competition.

For SC-501 renewal applicants: the NOFA link is: For full SC-501 competition instructions, please contact Michael Chesser at 864-770-0704 or


Ginny Stroud
Community Development Administrator

Wayne Leftwich
Community Planner

Mike Williamson
CD Project Manager

Yvonne Simpson
Neighborhood Planner

Christa Jordan
Livability Grant Coordinator

Jaclin DuRant
Livability Educator

Regina Wynder
Administrative Assistant

You can reach our office during business hours by calling
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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