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Greenville Housing Fund  leaders reported a successful year in 2022 and  laid out their  2023 goals and aspirations during a celebratory Annual Meeting Thursday morning.

Chief accomplishments from the past year include the production of 246 affordable new apartments and homes in Greenville County, and preservation of the affordability of another  240 homes, often bundled with substantial renovations and improvements to those properties.  The organization also launched a thriving real-estate impact fund during 2022, giving local private investors a means to participate in the production and preservation of affordable and workforce housing across Greenville.

Bryan Brown, the organization’s President and CEO, described over $6.6 million in total  investment made or leveraged during 2022.

“We accomplished a lot this year, but we didn’t do it alone,” said Brown. “This was an amazing effort to create a combined impact that will help positively change thousands of lives in Greenville.”

Greenville Housing Fund works closely with Greenville County’s municipalities to confront the extreme shortage of affordable and workforce housing across the county through lending,  investment, and direct development, as well as through partnerships and advocacy.

The City of Greenville authorized $4 million for affordable housing during 2022, providing critical support for the organization’s work. The Greenville Housing Fund also deployed $1 million from Greenville County and the City of Travelers Rest to preserve the Harmony Ridge senior housing community.

Greenville County endorsed $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for affordable  housing over the current two-year budget cycle, and notably approved a first-ever countywide Affordable Housing Incentive Policy using tax abatements to encourage development of housing  that serves households earning below 80% of the area median income.

Greenville Housing Fund plans to work with its public, private-sector, and nonprofit partners to  increase attention on “special emphasis” neighborhoods in 2023 by boosting investment and  financing, especially for in-fill housing and homeownership opportunities, and by “land banking” property for future development to preserve affordability. Special emphasis neighborhoods have been identified as those that struggle with economic disinvestment, or with  gentrification pressures, or with encroaching commercial development. Another 2023 priority is to secure new sources of private, state, and federal funding for affordable development across Greenville.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Christie Cade, Regional Vice President of the  Southern Region at NeighborWorks America, detailing approaches that locally-based nonprofits  can take to achieve their missions during challenging times. Dr. Cade went on to describe  NeighborWorks America’s role in supporting affordable housing, building assets, and making  strategic investments in underserved communities, tying into the work of the Greenville Housing Foundation and its many  partners.

Greenville Housing Fund also recognized several of its board members and local organizations for their outstanding work and efforts:

  • The City of Greenville was honored as the 2022 Champion of Affordable Housing in recognition of exceptional leadership, dedication and support for affordable housing development and preservation in Greenville.
  • Affordable Upstate was the 2022 Excellence in Affordable Housing Preservation honoree, recognizing its commitment and dedication to preserving affordable housing in Greenville.
  • Outgoing board members Maurie Lawrence, Dan Weidenbenner, and Bogue Wallin were honored for their dedicated service, especially during the organization’s founding years.

Incoming  Board Chair Matt Good praised outgoing Chair Deborah Long’s deep  commitment and thoughtful leadership during her term, and welcomed new appointees James  Jordon (Jordon Construction Company), Jimmy Kimbell (Southern First Bank), and Travis  Wharton (United Way of Greenville County), who will be joining the Greenville Housing Fund Board in early 2023.

About Greenville Housing Fund: 

As a convener, advocate, investor, and funder, the purpose of Greenville Housing Fund is to  work with key partners, developers, elected officials, community stakeholders, and residents to  increase and preserve the supply of a variety of safe, accessible, high-quality, affordable housing  choices to support economic growth and promote prosperity for all citizens throughout  Greenville County. In the past five years, they have directly invested more than $13.5 million  to finance, produce, or preserve over 1,140 homes, and to secure land for future affordable  housing development. To learn more about the Greenville Housing Fund’s work and about how to become a supporter, please visit






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