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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.

GAHC QUARTERLY MEETING RECAP

On Wednesday, August 4th, Greenville Affordable Housing Coalition members gathered online for the coalition’s quarterly large group meeting.  The group discussed Greenville County Council’s generous allocation to affordable housing, the plans for utilizing American Rescue Plan funding in the housing sector, and reviewed plans for rental assistance through the County’s ERAP program.  Following these updates, each working group presented its accomplishments and findings from the past quarter.  Housing Production has identified that it is meeting current production goals but will need to carefully strategize in order to better serve the lowest income levels.  Housing Preservation is exploring the prospects of creating a rehabilitation loan program, and the group also presented on a successful multi-family rehabilitation project near Verdae.  Housing Tools is looking into the creation of a foreclosure prevention fund and a large-scale IDA program.  The meeting concluded with a review of the results of the coalition’s policy prioritization survey, and those results will help shape the future of the coalition’s advocacy efforts.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS



The Greenville Housing Fund is hiring an Executive Assistant!  As our organization grows, we’re seeking to expand our team of passionate individuals dedicated to making a difference in our community.  The executive assistant will provide administrative support and ensure efficient internal and external functions of our office. Check out our careers page for more information and directions about how to apply!
 
FALL 2021 CITIZENS PLANNING ACADEMY
Do you want to learn more about the processes that determine — in large part, anyway — what is allowed to be built and where in Greenville?  Upstate Forever's Fall 2021 Citizens Planning Academy is an interactive course designed to help stakeholders understand processes that drive planning and land use policy decision-making for Greenville. This fall, we're pleased to introduce a new 7-week, hybrid format with three in-person and four virtual sessions.
Interested in participating? Click here for more details, and click here to apply by August 25, 2021.

COALITION MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 In 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County became the nation’s 85th Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  Since then, Habitat Greenville has contributed to the construction of over 330 affordable homes in the Greenville community.  The organization has also expanded to help provide home repairs, ensuring the preservation of affordable homeownership in the Upstate.  According to President and CEO Monroe Free, providing affordable homeownership is a “game-changer” for families with low incomes.  Enabling a family to afford housing “changes its financial fundamentals, cash flow, wealth position, and financial trajectory.  That’s why we build homes, provide new mortgages, and do repairs and weatherization on owner-occupied homes.  Taking away the impact of low incomes on families through affordable homeownership is transformative,” he says.   To learn more about Habitat Greenville’s work and how you can get involved, check out their website here.

On Thursday, August 12th, Habitat Greenville celebrated the first wall-raising at the Woodside development, which will consist of thirteen new homes located half a mile from downtown Simpsonville.  The homes will each be 1,100 square feet and 3-4 bedrooms, and the development is located in close proximity to schools, grocery stores, and transit.  Check out photos from the wall-raising event below!

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