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Affordable Housing Development Updates and Accomplishments 


Launch of the Greenville Housing Fund - September 2018

Greenville Housing Fund


The Greenville Housing Fund recently awarded over $800,000 in financing to Habitat for Humanity, Homes of Hope and Bywater Development to build new homes and renovate existing homes for those in need in the city of Greenville.

The City of Greenville provided the initial $2 million for the Greenville Housing Fund, which has leveraged philanthropic support and is catalyzing additional public-private partnerships. Visit greenvillehousingfund.com for more information.  
 

Stratham Place Apartments to Receive Special Tax Assessment 


City Council has approved Stratham Place Apartments for a special tax assessment for up to 20 years. 

City Council established the special tax assessment earlier this year as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to preserve the existing inventory of affordable housing units, as well as develop new housing for low to moderate income residents. Qualifying properties can apply for and receive a fixed assessment for a period of up to 20 years, depending on the type, size and scale of the project.  

For more information, contact Ginny Stroud at gstroud@greenvillesc.gov or
864-467-4570. 

The Azer family, council member Lillian Flemming, Habitat and community development staffers outside the new Habitat home.

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates New Home 


The Azer family received the keys to their new home and City Council member Lillian Flemming welcomed the family to the neighborhood at a dedication ceremony on September 26. The home is located on Mulberry Street in the Southernside community.

The City sold the property to Habitat for Humanity at a deeply reduced price to enable the new home to be built and sold at an affordable price. The many partners involved in completing the home included Publix and the Furman University women’s basketball team. This latest project is another example of the City’s long history of utilizing public/private partnerships to develop affordable housing in Greenville.  

 
Youth of the Sterling Neighborhood present their edible creations at the September Neighborhood Association meeting.

Neighborhood Highlights 


Sterling Garden Club 


Youth from the Sterling neighborhood served dishes they learned to prepare through the Sterling Garden Club at the neighborhood association's September meeting. 

The Sterling Garden Club teaches elementary youth in the community about gardening and healthy eating utilizing their community garden. 

 

Personal Development 


2019 Grassroots Leadership Development Program 


The Grassroots Leadership Development Program (GLDP) provides training to enhance the capability and capacity of community leaders as they strengthen and improve their neighborhoods. The program is a partnership of the United Way, the City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority and participants meet once a month for five months. 

Sessions cover leadership style, creating a neighborhood “vision,” advocacy and public policy at the community level, strategies to leverage volunteers and engage youth and best organizational practices for success. 

To receive an application, contact Monique Mattison at mmattison@greenvillesc.gov or 467-4574, or Rebecca Edwards at redwards@greenvillesc.gov or 467-4428. 

 

Education and Workforce Development  


2020 Census Jobs Available


Earn extra income while helping your community by joining the 2020 Census count team. The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18, have a valid social security number and be a U.S. citizen. 

To apply, visit 2020census.gov/jobs


Quick Jobs Open House 


Start a new career in 90 days with training provided by Greenville Technical College.

Attend the Quick Jobs Open House on Tuesday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Buck Mickel Center (216 S Pleasantburg Drive, Room 188) to learn about more than 100 affordable online and in-class training programs. 

For more information, call 864-250-8800. 

 

Upcoming Events 


Greenville County Housing Forum: The Missing Middle 


Demand for walkable, affordable urban living is increasing as millennials begin entering the marketplace and downsizing baby boomers leave their half-acre lots for homes closer to downtown areas. How well are Greenville County and its municipalities poised to respond to that changing and growing demand? 

Find out at the Greenville County Housing Forum, sponsored by the City of Greenville, on October 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Kroc Community Center (424 Westfield Street). 

Attendance is free. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/greenville-county-housing-forum-the-missing-middle-tickets-48890710431

What Sterling Means to Me
 

The Sterling Land Trust will host a fundraising gala on October 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the West End Community Development Center, located at 404 Vardry Street. 

The Sterling Land Trust is a nonprofit organization formed in 2010 by concerned residents and Sterling High School alumni who wanted to restore the glory of their community. The organization is a neighborhood community land trust that primarily serves the Sterling neighborhood.

Tickets are $40 per person. For ticket information, call Shirley Almond at 864-845-4088 or 864-354-6949. 
 
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