Taking some time to highlight the many recent stories that have looked at what is happening with affordable housing plans and efforts in Greenville.
Fox Carolina interviewed our Tina Belge for a story looking at a draft of the city’s new zoning code. From the story:
“They say zoning is 30% of the problem for affordable housing because we have a lot of zoning that is very exclusive, right now. It’s not inclusive to a lot of housing types,” she said.
This year, the Greenville Housing Fund produced and preserved nearly 500 affordable units. They hope to exceed that number in 2023, and the code might help.
“There’s been a lot of displacement that’s occurred. There’s a lot of increased gentrification,” said Belge.
Watch the entire video here.
The Charleston Post & Courier did this piece on our annual meeting and some of the keys goals we have for 2023.
Meanwhile, The Greenville wrote this about our annual meeting. Some of the highlights include:
- The production of 246 new affordable apartments and homes in Greenville County, along with preserving the affordability of 240 homes.
- The launch of a 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.
- The City of Greenville authorized $4 million for affordable housing during 2022, providing support for the organization’s work.
- Greenville Housing Fund received $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 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.
Meanwhile, we want to thank the Greenville Chamber of Commerce for adding affordable housing to its 2023 Legislative Agenda, according to this story in GSA Business.