Vision

We envision a future where every neighborhood in Greenville County is thriving and affordable for all

Mission

To ensure the availability of safe, affordable homes in Greenville County

Goals

  1. Serve as an advocate and champion for affordable housing in Greenville
  2. Invest in affordable housing development and preservation
  3. Acquire land to facilitate affordable housing development opportunities

The Greenville Housing Fund is a non-profit entity, founded in 2018 under CommunityWorks Carolina, a US Treasury-certified community development financial institution (CDFI) with a long history of advocating for affordable housing throughout Greenville County.

The Role of GHF

  • Finance and invest in housing developments that serve households primarily earning $55,000 and below.
  • Leverage public and private funding to finance the preservation and production of affordable housing.
  • Acquire and bank land for future affordable housing opportunities.
  • Focus on systems change through education and advocacy to promote housing affordability and remove barriers to its production.
  • Lead and convene key stakeholders to address housing issues and build capacity of the development community to support affordability.

Meet Our Board

  • Lynn Ballard
    Greenville County Council
  • John Castile
    GCRA
  • Eleanor Dunlap
    Graham Foundation
  • Mike Gatchell
    Fundraising Consultant
  • Matt Good
    BellWeather/Enterprise
  • Tommy Johnson
    Retired Banker
  • Maurie Lawrence
    Milliken
  • Deb Long
    Bon Secours St. Francis
  • Deborah McKetty
    United Way of Greenville County
  • Carl Sobocinski
    Table 301
  • Russell Stall
    Greenville City Council
  • Ginny Stroud
    City of Greenville
  • Bogue Wallin, Chair
    Blue Wall Real Estate
  • Dan Weidenbenner
    Mill Community Ministries

Background / History

The Greenville Housing Fund (GHF) is a nonprofit entity under the umbrella of ComnunityWorks Inc., a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization and a certified community development financial institution. The Greenville Housing Fund launched in response to findings and recommendations in the 2016 “Balancing Prosperity and Housing Affordability” report. Several months of work with input from key community stakeholders and guidance from a housing trust fund steering committee identified the need for an organization to identify and implement innovative financing for affordable and workforce housing, position itself to land bank key parcels for future development, and act as a strategic advocate for housing.

The City of Greenville committed an initial $2 million to launch the Fund and philanthropy matched an additional $1 million to get the Fund up and running.

The State of Housing

The City’s 2016 housing study indicated the City of Greenville had a deficit of 2,500 units of affordable housing. A recent Greenville County Housing study indicated more than 9,000 units are needed in the county to support growing demand.

Affordable/workforce housing is critical to the success and sustainability of the Greenville community and its economy. In addition, many longtime residents are finding it difficult to remain in and within proximity to the City and other employment centers as prices escalate and existing homeowners feel pressure to move.