United Housing Connections to break ground on $9.9 million Church Street Place at Poe Mill

The new residential facility, slated to open in January 2024, will provide housing to adults experiencing chronic homelessness.

A rendering of the entrance to Church Street Place at Poe Mill in Greenville, SC

The entrance to Church Street Place at Poe Mill | Renderings by LS3P via William Kaiser

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United Housing Connections (UHC), a local nonprofit that that finds or provides affordable housing for adults experiencing homelessness, breaks ground on Church Street Place at Poe Mill (50 Church St.) Tues., Nov. 1 at 11 a.m.

The features

The $9.9 million development will establish a residential facility for adults experiencing chronic homelessness with mental and/or physical disabilities, with plans to open in January 2024. Its features include:

  • 36 studio apartments
  • On-site services
  • Common kitchens + laundry areas on each floor
  • Community dining space
  • Office space
  • Mail receptacles
  • Meeting space

The funding

Fundraising for the facility began in May 2019 and resulted in $1.7 million in donations from private donors, churches + foundations, SC Housing’s Small Rental Development Program, as well as the multiple grants and commitments, including:

  • $500,000: Greenville Health Authority: Healthy Greenville Initiative
  • $505,000: Greenville County Redevelopment Authority
  • $300,000: Greenville Housing Fund
  • $225,000: SC Department of Mental Health

The inspiration

The concept of Church Street Place is modeled after Reedy Place, UHC’s first permanent supportive housing program. Having opened in 2006, Reedy Place provides housing, furniture, utilities, property management, and mental health services to chronically homeless individuals in the community.

The entrance to Reedy Place in Greenville, SC

Reedy Place | Photo via Google Maps

Learn more about the econimic impact of Reedy Place + Church Street Place as well as UHC’s additional housing programs.

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