FEDERAL DOLLARS SET TO HELP EXPAND HOUSING OUTREACH
Throughout the summer, GHF took part in a six-week training that taught the members of Greenville Cares, an American Rescue Plan (ARP) partnership consisting of stakeholders across Greenville County, how to strategically deploy ARP dollars throughout the community. The training, which was provided by Rethinking Homelessness and funded by the Graham Foundation, resulted in a four-part plan for incoming ARP funds. The money will help support the county’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), TGHA’s Emergency Housing Vouchers, outreach/shelter services, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, property acquisition, rent stabilization, and property development/rehabilitation.
Since its launch in March, the county’s ERAP, in partnership with Neighborly software, has disbursed almost $6.5 million of its initial $15 million grant to over 1,400 tenants and nearly 400 unique landlords. ARP dollars will enable the program to expand in the coming months, especially as the county has carefully coordinated an effort to increase application accessibility through community partners. The first of these expanded accessibility efforts are two videos, which walk tenants and landlords through the ERAP application process. To learn more about ERAP, watch the videos, and start an application, check out Greenville County’s website here.