Community Development

The mission of the Community Development Division is to improve the quality of life for low and moderate income City of Greenville residents. Community Development facilitates meaningful programs which address the root causes of poverty and need, involving all community stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs and projects. Each Community Development activity is defined as "community-owned" due to such diverse and thorough input during need assessment, development, implementation and evaluation.

Community Development News

Getting Connected With Housing Resources

The Greenville County Human Relations Commission and the City of Greenville will continue to host a series of

housing workshops in the coming months to explore some of the opportunities and resources available to residents. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with guest speakers to ask questions. For information, call 864-

GAP Program

The Grant Assistance Partnership (GAP) program is a combined effort by the City of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, to empower residents to enhance and improve communities. The GAP program provides grants to neighborhood associations to develop strategic initiatives, projects and programs to foster positive community development.

Eligible neighborhood associations may apply for up to $2,500 per year for eligible neighborhood activities and initiatives. Applications are due May 1, 2017. For information, contact Ashlee Tolbert at 864-467-4567.

Sterling Community Groundbreaking

In celebrations of Community Development Week, Habitat for Humanity in partnership with the City of Greenville, Christ Church Episcopal, and Homes of Hope broke ground on Joshua's Way, a new affordable housing development in the Sterling Community, at 502 Jenkins Street. Joshua's Way is the name given to this new housing development. Six new single-family homes and about seven rental units for seniors will be built in Sterling with construction completed in 2020. 
Photo from groundbreaking event showing CD Staff Michael Williamson and Ashlee Tolbert

Joshua's Way 

Notice of Intent to Release Funds and
Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact

On or about May 17, 2017 the City of Greenville will submit a request to the HUD for the release of Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program, under authorization of the Housing Opportunity Program Extension Act of 1996, Section 11, and HOME funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act as amended through December 31, 1998, to undertake a project known as 502 Jenkins Street for the purpose of the construction of six single family homes and seven senior rental units on the approximately 1.6 acres of vacant land located at 502 Jenkins Street, which is located in the Greater Sullivan neighborhood, at an estimated total cost of $1,375,000.

City of Greenville has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at City of Greenville, Community Development office, 206 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Comments
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Greenville Community Development office,  All comments received by Monday, May 17, 2017 will be considered by the City of Greenville prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing. View the complete public notice.

Annual Action Plan is in Draft

The City’s Community Development Division is seeking public comment on proposed plans as reported in the draft Annual Action Plan. This planning process occurs every year at this time as CD outlines the budget for the coming year.

Submission of the Annual Action Plan serves as the City’s application for funding under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. CDBG funds can be used to assist low and moderate income persons, prevention or elimination of slum or blight, and to meet an urgent need. HOME funds are primarily used to create affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income persons. HOPWA funding is used to assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families with short term rent, mortgage and utility assistance, supportive services and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance.  

A draft Annual Action Plan will be available for review beginning Wednesday, April 26
th at the following locations:

  • Greenville County Library, South Carolina Room, 25 Heritage Green Place;
  • Community Centers (David Hellams, Nicholtown, West Greenville);
  • Community Development Office, 6th Floor-City Hall, 206 S. Main St.; and
  • Community Development Website:

Written comments will be accepted until the end of the day on Friday, May 26th and can be sent to: Community Development, P.O. Box 2207, Greenville, SC 29602, Attn: Christa Jordan, Community Planner, or e-mailed to cjordan@greenvillesc.govFor further information, please call Christa Jordan at 864-467-4570.