Affordable housing 

  1. Maria and Melissa Huerta at their home site

    "IT FEELS LIKE A LOT FOR OUR FAMILY TO HAVE ITS OWN HOME."

    Maria Huerta is looking forward to having a new home, a place where her family can build memories. Watch the Huerta's Story
  2. Yvonne Oneal, in the library at her affordable senior housing complex

    "I FEEL LIKE I’M IN A DREAM RIGHT NOW, I HAVE TO CHECK MYSELF TO MAKE SURE I’M HERE."

    Yvonne Oneal found safe, affordable housing as a resident of Renaissance Park senior housing apartments.
  3. Joi Phillips, in front of her new first-time home

    "THE CITY OF GREENVILLE HAS A GREAT PROGRAM. YOU JUST HAVE TO GET IN TOUCH."

    First-time homeowner Joi Phillips said the down-payment assistance program helped her seal the deal on her new home. Watch Joi's Story
  4. Two women, including Christina, celebrating with a selfie at a Habitat for Humanity wall raising.

    "I’M AMAZED BY EVERYONE’S HARD WORK, STILL CAN’T BELIEVE THIS ACTUALLY MY HOUSE."

    Christina Milagria (right) celebrated with family, friends and Habitat volunteers at the wall raising for her Habitat for Humanity home.
  5. Lonnie Hudgens, standing in front of her new rental home

    "I JUST REALLY CAN'T EXPRESS IT... I'M JUST SO BLESSED"

    Lonnie Hudgens was overjoyed to move into her new affordable rental home with her grandsons. Watch Lonnie's Story

Making Livability OUR Priority 

Greenville is being developed for ALL residents. We are taking meaningful action to create affordable housing.  

Both the  GVL2040 Comprehensive Plan and Greenville  City Council prioritize affordable housing, neighborhoods, open space and mobility.  

Our new  development code includes affordable housing incentives and focuses on balanced growth that creates opportunity for everyone to thrive.  

The city has made specific investments in affordable housing every year since the 2018 Affordable Housing Action plan – more than $10.5 million so far with an additional $14 million planned over the next five years. During the past 24 months, the Planning Commission has approved 618 new affordable units citywide ranging from 30% to 100% AMI.  

There is $3 million in City investment (affordable owner/rental and infrastructure) that have received Planning Commission approval using incentives provided in the Unity Park Character Code and the Bailey Bill – Historical Rehabilitation Tax Abatement Program.

In 2022, the City will use an innovative approach to leverage $3.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for infrastructure investments in our Special Emphasis Neighborhoods, including 2.3 miles of new sidewalks, curbs and gutters increasing connectivity, walkability and safety.  

WHAT IS AFFORDABLE?

Pie chart showing 30% off all income covering housing costsStrictly speaking, affordable housing is housing that doesn’t take up more than a third of your monthly income.

So, if you’re earning $3,000 a month ($36,000/year), that’s no more than $1,000/month.

Median income in Greenville is about $60,000 – that’s $5,000/month. Therefore, affordable housing is anything that doesn’t top $1,667/month. Depending on credit scores, down payments and other variables, that’s enough to buy a $250,000 home.

But here’s the problem: median housing values are now above $300,000 in the city, meaning median income families are being squeezed out. In the end, it comes down to the fact that as housing prices rise, families are forced to either overpay or move further away, putting both pressure on their wallets and overall quality of life.

This is How We Do It

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