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THE PORCHLIGHT

WHO WE ARE

We are the Greenville Housing Fund, a non-profit that enables diverse neighborhoods to thrive through investment, acquisition, and advocacy for affordable housing. We envision a future where every neighborhood in Greenville County is thriving and affordable for all. 


Together we can work to meet the needs of all residents. As a convener, advocate, investor and funder, GHF is committed to increasing the supply of quality affordable housing across Greenville County.


Our Goal is to work with key partners, developers, elected officials, and community stakeholders and residents to increase and preserve diverse housing choices in Greenville that ensure economic growth and promote prosperity for all residents.

OUR PROGRESS

The Greenville Housing Fund (GHF) is an entity that first launched under CommunityWorks, a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization and a certified community development financial institution. We were launched in response to findings and recommendations in the 2016 “Balancing Prosperity and Housing Affordability” report. Several months of work with input from key community stakeholders and guidance from a housing trust fund steering committee identified the need for an organization to identify and implement innovative financing for affordable and workforce housing, position itself to land bank key parcels for future development, and act as a strategic advocate for housing.

The City of Greenville committed an initial $2 million to launch the Fund and philanthropy matched an additional $1 million to get the Fund up and running. Recognizing the immediate need to address growing gaps in the affordable housing stock, GHF mobilized the first $2 million in May 2018 by offering a below-market bridge/gap loan program. Since that time we have expanded into land banking and are helping to develop properties in and around Unity Park. 

We also have a Homeowner Preservation Program (HOPP) designed to work with local nonprofit partners to rehabilitate and preserve existing homes in neighborhoods experiencing strong gentrification pressures. 

Below are our first three projects, with $800,000 in initial funding to support the development of 113 units of affordable housing. More of our projects that illustrate over $3.5 million deployed to create over 500 affordable housing units are to be featured in upcoming editions of The Porchlight.

Habitat for Humanity Development
At Jenkins Drive
Stratham Development
At Shaw Street
Preserve at Logan Park
At Thurston and Augusta

GREENVILLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN

Currently GHF, in partnership with the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA), is in the process of creating a community wide 10 year strategic plan to address affordable housing in the city and county. 

This plan will provide new data on affordable housing need and many strategies to address this growing crisis that has been exacerbated by the vast economic impacts of COVID-19.

Most importantly, it will bring together a coalition of partners to carry out these strategies. Please stay tuned for an important announcement in next month's edition regarding this effort.


The challenges of housing affordability are impacting many people in our region—especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no simple solution to improving housing affordability, but there are many useful innovations that can help our community and region expand the options for housing that is more affordable and that increases opportunities for people to become successful homeowners.

Impact Greenville, of which GHF is a member, has purchased an All-Community, All-Access Pass free to community members, for a large “virtual summit” on the topic of Innovations in Naturally Affordable Housing.  This online event will feature 30 information-packed session on August 11 and 12 along with 2 panel discussions. You can learn more about the event at this website: Summit Information

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