Representatives of Greenville Housing Fund (GHF), the City of Greenville, and Truist Bank gathered at Unity Park for a $13.4 million ceremonial check presentation and celebration of 147 units of affordable senior housing coming soon at Southernside Senior Living, the first of several affordable and workforce housing developments to be funded under an innovative funding partnership.
“Greenville is investing more in affordable housing than any other city in South Carolina, all without a tax increase," said Mayor Knox White. “Innovation, dedication and successful public-private partnerships will help us achieve our affordable housing goals."
The City donated eight acres of land around Unity Park with the specific purpose of preserving and creating affordable housing. “It’s fantastic to see projects realized on those sites,” White added.
Thanks to an ongoing contribution agreement approved by Greenville’s City Council last month, Truist Bank approved a $12 million loan to Greenville Housing Fund to accelerate affordable housing projects and establish a reserve fund. This capital will be invested in the production 549 affordable rental units at three new Greenville developments. All are expected to break ground within the next year. In addition to Southernside Senior Living, the Riley at Overbrook on Lowndes Hill Road and at Gateway at the Green near Woodruff Road will offer rental units at multiple affordable price points.
Bryan Brown, president and CEO of Greenville Housing Fund, calls the partnership “a bold and innovative approach to local investment and support for affordable housing,” and praises its flexibility in stimulating development of affordable, workforce and mixed-income housing despite the challenges posed by the current high-interest-rate environment. He notes that the investment will also support GHF’s Neighborhood Strategy, promoting affordable infill development in the city’s “Special Emphasis Neighborhoods” near downtown, as well as GHF’s new Community Land Trust, modeled to create and preserve affordable homeownership opportunities across Greenville.
Partners from the City of Greenville, Greenville Housing Fund, Truist Bank and neighborhoods gathered to acknowledge another step forward in the journey to provide housing options for all. (From left) Councilor Dorothy Dowe, Mayor Knox White, Truist Bank Senior Vice President Drew Boland, Greenville Housing Fund CEO Bryan Brown, GHF Board Chair Matt Good, Southernside Neighborhoods in Action President Mary Duckett and Councilor Lillian Flemming.