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

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

Harmony House

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

On or about July 7, 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 800 Pendleton Street Rehabilitation for the purpose of creating a twenty-six bed transitional recovery residence for women. This property is located along the Pendleton Street commercial (C-3) corridor in the West End neighborhood. The projected cost of this rehabilitation is $400,000, of which the City plans to contribute $30,000 from federal HOME funding.  

The 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 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. The record is also available on the HUD Exchange website. 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Environmental Review Record to the City of Greenville Community Development office,  All comments received by Friday, July 7, 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.  

Please send comments 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.

DRAFT Programmatic Agreement

Between The City and the State Historic Preservation Office

Prior to any rehabilitation, new construction, property acquisition or demolition done with federal dollars the City performs a review of site conditions known as an Environmental Review. As part of this review, the historic character of a property is considered in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and in some instances (depending on the work being done) includes consultation with tribal governments and other entities interested interested in historic preservation.

This Programmatic Agreement will streamline some of this work by allowing the City to perform simple tasks without corresponding with SHPO. For example, we often repair bathroom flooring as part of our homeowner rehab program. The Programmatic Agreement would let us do this work without taking the extra 30 days or so to officially correspond with SHPO. This will eliminate an anticipated 10-20% of our correspondence with SHPO. This exception applies only to the tasks outlined in the Agreement, which is available here for review and comment. Please contact Christa Jordan, Community Planner,, 864-467-4428, with any questions and comments.