city of greenville sc
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.
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.
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.