In In the News

The past week has been an exciting one for those of us who have been working to create more affordable housing in Greenville. Below are some of the highlights:

— The Greenville City Planning Commission approved an affordable housing project near Haywood Mall. The project on Webb Road is called “Gateway at the Green” and anticipates 100% of the proposed units to fall within the 60% area median income target as it focuses on bringing affordable housing. The project was approved with comments such as all signage must obtain a permit and an affidavit of substantial compliance must be provided before receiving a certificate of occupancy. Read more in the Upstate Business Journal.

— Greenville County Council passed a new policy that allows the county to provide tax abatements to developers who include affordable housing units in their developments. It is meant to act as a guide for decision-making by officials. Tina Belge, our advocacy and community engagement manager, said this was a game-changer for the community. Read more in the Greenville News. The new policy incentivizes developers to include affordable housing units for residents who earn between 40% and 80% of Greenville County’s average median household income, which was $62,422 in 2020 according to the Census Bureau. For a housing unit to be considered affordable under the policy, its cost must not exceed 30% of a person’s annual income.

We want to thank everyone who voted for these measures as well as those who helped push them through.

Greenville Housing Fund