It was a great year!
The City's Community Development Division works in partnership with multiple housing and community partners, to promote affordable housing, encourage workforce development, and encourage neighborhood vibrancy. As 2015 comes to an end, we thought it would be good to look back on some of the year's accomplishments.
Homeowner rehabilitation efforts prevent blight and improve the living environment for homeowners in the city of Greenville. Neighborhood Master Plans and the Consolidated Plan guide these activities so they support the neighborhood's vision and goals. This year we:
- Helped fund 22 home rehabs
- Acquired 7 properties for affordable housing
- Helped build 7 new affordable rental housing units in the Greenline-Spartanburg, Nicholtown, and Pleasant Valley neighborhoods
- Made infrastructure improvements to support 21 new affordable houses in Greenline-Spartanburg
- Invested $224,450 in streetscape improvements along Calhoun Street, as proposed in the Sterling Neighborhood Master Plan
- Provided $15,000 to support the KEY Program to serve 263 participants and help 45 people purchase or be ready to purchase a home
- Updated and maintained an affordable housing resource guide
Neighborhood Initiative Program
The City of Greenville and seven non-profit partners were awarded $2,146,767 in funding through the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP). The NIP has facilitated neighborhood revitalization efforts throughout the city by stabilizing property values and preventing future foreclosures for existing property owners through the removal of blighted structures. The maximum amount of funding allowed for each property is $35,000, including all acquisition, demolition, and restoration costs. Properties acquired through this program will be redeveloped for affordable and workforce housing opportunities. All funds must be spent by June 30, 2017. For more details, please contact Michael Williamson at 864-467-4570.
Community Development works to connect residents with the many opportunities for training and advancement, as well as collaborate with service providers to identify ways to innovate funding and implementation improvements.
- Served 29 residents and placed 7 in new jobs by supporting job training and placement programs
- Created and maintain a resource list of free workforce resources
- Hosted a workforce resource fair, and began working more closely with partners to support the big annual job fairs
- Convened workforce service providers to facilitate collaboration and a continuum of service for clients
Community Engagement and Leadership
Community Development staff is fortunate to have positive relationships, built over years, with the City's special emphasis neighborhoods. We attend each of the monthly neighborhood meetings to provide updates about community activities, and to learn about the recent concerns, activities, and celebrations of the neighborhood. The Connections for Sustainability events provide an opportunity to reach out to the larger community to highlight current hot topics and build on current initiatives, such as new planning updates, grant projects, etc.
- Awarded GAP grants to Greater Sullivan, Southernside, West Greenville, West End, Haynie-Sirrine, Nicholtown, and Greater Pleasant Valley neighborhoods to fund neighborhood-led projects
- Helped send 21 residents to Greenville Dreams' Grassroots Leadership Development Program
- Worked with GCRA and United Way to reconvene 88 leadership alumni to begin resident-led initiatives in neighborhoods across the city and county
- Helped provide136 people with Fair Housing counseling
- Supported quality after-school tutoring for 163 students in four community centers across the city
- Concluded a year-long study conducted by the Neighborhood Vibrancy Taskforce and began implementing recommendations
- Began working with Human Relations Commission to host a series of lunch and learns (the first of which was "Protecting Yourself and Your Home," and the second, "Identity Theft" will be held in February)
- Hosted two Sustainable Cinema nights about Re-Entry and Entrepreneurship
- Provided assistance to three small businesses and helped create/retain three jobs
- Supported NASHA's Community Shark Tank
- Published monthly newsletters
- Facilitated a collaboration between Carolina High School and AJ Whittenberg students to learn about brownfields, Lake Conestee, and the environmental aspects of urban development together
Please join us in 2016 as we work together to accomplish another great year!