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community development programs

In 2000, the City of Greenville adopted a comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization that includes developing master planning documents in partnership with residents, businesses, faith-based organizations and health and human service agencies. In addition, the City of Greenville focuses on housing related activities and public services that address the primary causes of poverty according to the needs identified by neighborhood residents. Each activity is carefully designed, implemented and evaluated to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.


Ladder Program
KEY Program
Study Buddies
GAP Program
Neighborhood Leadership Development
New Home Ownership Program

Community Improvement Program
Emergency Repair Program
Rental Rehabilitation
World Changers
Hopwa –
HIV/AIDS assistance programs
Paint the town

Residential Development

LADDER program
In association with Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. (SHARE) the Community Development division has partnered with several local residents, officials, employers and agencies to develop a Comprehensive Jobs Training/Improvement and placement program called Lifelong Advancement through Diligence, Determination, and Employment Resources (LADDER). The LADDER program is actively seeking individuals from the community who would like to: Increase Earnings; Establish Self-Sufficiency; Further Basic Education Skills; Acquire Job Skills Training; Obtain Job Placement Assistance; Receive Supportive Services; Obtain Financial Services. For additional information and eligibility requirements please follow this link, or contact:

Quiwanna James, Case Manager
1200 Pendleton St., P.O. Box 10204 Greenville, SC 29603
864-269-0700 ext 246 email:

KEY program
(The "KEY" to Home Ownership)

The KEY Program provides opportunities for home ownership to the residents of the City’s Special Emphasis neighborhoods. Through a partnership with the Human Relations Commission of Greenville County and several other state and local partners, the program uses a comprehensive approach to assist participants in removing barriers that diminish their chances of successfully becoming home owners. The KEY program focuses on issues related to credit, savings, home maintenance, loan approval, and money management. Additional information about this program is available by following this link, or by contacting: Sharon Smathers, Executive Director – Human Relations Commission email:
301 University Ridge, Suite 1600
Greenville, SC 29601

after school tutorial

In partnership with The City of Greenville’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Study Buddies Program is a tuition free, after school tutorial program that focuses on students in grades Kindergarten through eighth, with additional resources available to high school students. The program is designed to improve access to resources for students in low to moderate income areas, and is dedicated to educating students in academics as well as life skills to develop more universal individuals who can adapt and survive in the future’s ever changing environment. If you would like additional information follow the link or contact: Steven Evans, Community Center Specialist

new home ownership program
The New Home Ownership Program offers assistance in the form of a down payment and closing cost to first-time home buyers. Increasing home ownership opportunities is a goal for all "Special Emphasis Neighborhoods." The City seeks to maintain a balance of mixed income families who purchase homes through our New Home Ownership Program by offering approximately 70% of all new homes constructed to low/moderate income families, who have a total family income at or below 80% of the median family income (MFI) for Greenville County. The remaining 30% of new homes constructed will be available for market rate buyers who have a total family income above 80% of MFI.
All properties in which Home funds were used for development shall be sold to low/moderate income families. All homes will be offered at appraised value plus 6%. Families earning below 80% of the MFI may qualify for special financing. Currently, the City is constructing homes in the Viola Street and Green Avenue Neighborhoods. For more information, contact Mamie P. Bolding, Housing Programs Coordinator 864-467-4569.
The city also partners with non-profit and for-profit developers on new homeownership opportunities in the Green Avenue, Sterling/West End and Southernside neighborhoods. For more information, please follow the appropriate neighbhorhood link.

GAP program
The Grant Assistance Partnership, jointly sponsored by the City of Greenville, Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) and the United Way, provides funding support for neighborhood improvement and organizational development projects in Special Emphasis neighborhoods.   Projects may include neighborhood action plans, neighborhood newsletters, crime prevention projects, clean-up events, capacity-building workshops and beautification projects.  For more information, contact Yvonne Simpson, 467-4567, e-mail:
Click here for the Grant Assistance Partnership Application
Click here for this document as a Word file.

"greenville dreams"
leadership development
Greenville Dreams works directly with neighborhood association leaders to help build upon the strengths and assets already present in their neighborhoods.  Training and peer support are provided to Special Emphasis neighborhood leaders in the areas of problem-solving, successfully managing and leading a neighborhood association, planning and goal-setting, resources available and effective communication skills.  Greenville Dreams is focused on positive change through resident-centered neighborhood development.  It is a partnership of the United Way, City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA).   For more information, contact Yvonne Simpson, 467-4567, e-mail:

community improvement program
The Community Improvement Program (CIP) provides loans of up to $24,500 for qualified, low income, owner-occupants in rehabilitating their homes. By providing loans for the rehabilitation of existing housing, Community Development seeks to revitalize and stabilize selected special-emphasis neighborhoods throughout the City. For a complete list of eligible activities, and to see if your home is located in a qualified neighborhood, contact Community Development for more information: Mamie P. Bolding, Housing Programs Coordinator 864-467-4569.

emergency repair program
The Emergency Repair Program provides up to $10,000 in funding to assist low and very low income homeowners with repairs to their homes, that without immediate attention, could threaten the occupants’ health and safety. In addition, costs associated with improving accessibility for the handicapped are also available. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, contact Community Development for more information: Mamie P. Bolding, Housing Programs Coordinator 864-467-4569.

rental rehabilitation program
The Rental Rehabilitation Program encourages private investors to upgrade their rental properties, increasing the supply of decent, safe, and sanitary rental units available and affordable to low and moderate income families. The program utilizes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) or Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds to provide financial assistance in the form of loans to qualified investors. If qualified, the City may award loans of up to 75% of the total rehabilitation cost (including lead-based paint hazard reduction) to a maximum of $20,000. For more information follow the link or contact: Mamie Bolding, Housing Programs Coordinator, 864-467-4570.

world changers program
Since 1999 World Changers has assisted Community Development by rehabilitating over 70 owner-occupied homes in its special emphasis neighborhoods. In the past, World Changers has brought together youth and adult volunteers from across the country to assist homes in need in the Greenville community. Through a special one-week summer program sponsored by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Greenville Baptist Association, volunteers improve the quality of life of our communities by repairing and redeveloping substandard housing units. In exchange for the building materials and coordination from Community Development, World Changers contributes the necessary labor and invaluable skills to complete the projects. For more information, contact: Joe Smith, Administrator, 864-467-4570. email:

HOPWA grant program
DHEC partnership for HOPWA grant funding
HOPWA is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administered grant program for state and local governments to develop a range of housing assistance and support services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Program was first authorized in 1992 under the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act. The entitlement for the upstate region is administered by the State of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC subcontracts with the City of Greenville to administer the HOPWA funds for a seven-county area including Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union counties. Representatives from this seven county area have developed a housing plan that outlines a strategy for increasing affordable housing and supportive services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. To access a summary of the housing plan, follow this link or contact David Gray, Financial Analyst/Grants Administrator, 864-467-4566.

paint the town
THe City and Central Community Ministries have partnered to bring Paint the Town to the City’s special emphasis neighborhoods. This program uses volunteers from faith-based organizations to paint and clean the exterior of selected owner-occupied houses. Since the program’s inception in 2002, over 100 homes have been painted, and the program continues to provide positive change for city residents. To find out more about this program follow the link or contact: Joe Smith, Administrator, 864-467-4570. email:

residential development
The city partners with non-profit and for-profit developers on the development of affordable housing. Residential developers utilize federal CDBG and HOME funds to leverage other local, state and federal funding in the development of appropriate housing in the city’s special emphasis neighborhoods and throughout the city.
For information, contact Ginny Stroud.

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