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THE PORCHLIGHT

STRATEGIC PLAN
LAUNCH & COALITION

News | Greenville Housing Fund
On October 15th, GHF, along with GCRA launched our Affordable Housing Strategic Plan. This plan encompasses both the city and county as well as the municipalities within the county and aims to preserve over 3,000 affordable homes and produce over 10,000 affordable homes over the next ten years. This plan has been over a year long process in the making, culminating with a dual City and County Council Workshop which presented both data to portray the affordable housing crisis we face as well as various strategies to reach our goal of substantially impacting affordable housing accessibility throughout the City and County. 

The strategy areas focus on housing preservation, production, housing tools, locations, and organizational capacity. As part of our organizational capacity goals we also officially launched our Greenville Affordable Housing Coalition, which will collectively work to implement these strategies. With nearly 50 members and growing we are excited to begin work on this plan. You can read more about our plan and coalition as well as news coverage on our workshop and press conference announcing these efforts and launching a joint City and County Council working group to help prioritize these strategies. 

LANDLORD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grows wider and wider, tenants have found it increasingly difficult to pay rent, and rental assistance programs are overwhelmed with applicants.  Landlords, too, are struggling to assist their tenants, especially smaller landlords who lack deep reserves to draw upon during difficult times.  Because of the threat of a tsunami of evictions in South Carolina, Greenville Housing Fund and CommunityWorks have created the Landlord Assistance Program in partnership with Greenville County CARES Act funding.  

The program offers landlords the opportunity to apply for rental assistance on behalf of their tenants, thereby benefiting both parties and streamlining the rental assistance application process.  The Landlord Assistance Program will be open to applications during the month of November 2020 and will provide monthly rental assistance covering the past nine months, as needed.  Our hope is that this program will allow us to quickly mobilize resources and make them available to as many people as possible as swiftly as possible.  To learn more or apply for assistance, check out our website here.

COALITION MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


Rebuild Upstate approaches the affordable housing shortage differently than most organizations.  In understanding what a home means to the family that occupies it, they focus on repairing and improving existing homes to better suit the families already living there.  In this way, they allow residents to continue to live in the same place, all the while making it a more livable and functional space.  Says Assistant Director Dayle Stewart, “Rebuild Upstate focuses exclusively on existing homes because we believe that the best home for a homeowner at-risk in the affordable housing crisis is the home they already own. By repairing homes, or making safety/accessibility modifications, we help protect the families that live in them - allowing them to stay in their homes and in the communities they are familiar with, and ultimately leading to a higher quality of life.”

Rebuild Upstate helps allocate volunteers and materials to home preservation projects across the Upstate.  These projects may include installing a wheelchair ramp, putting on new roofing, stabilizing flooring, and installing safety measures, such as handrails, in unsafe areas.  In 2019 alone, Rebuild Upstate completed 478 improvement projects and repaired 163 homes.  This impact is vital to maintaining community.  It allows homeowners to remain in their homes, which, after improvement, are better suited to fit their lifestyles, and keeps them connected to social networks and local amenities that are routine parts of their lives.  Through their understanding of homeownership and the importance of keeping residents in their homes, Rebuild Upstate is helping to improve homes and allowing individuals and families to maintain their dignity.

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