Throughout Greenville County, there are “50,000 cost burdened households who pay more than 30% of their income towards housing, some of which are substandard.” As a reminder, Affordable Housing was a Top 10 priorityidentified by City Council at the beginning of the year. It was also selected as the fourth most important of these ten priorities by ~1,000 GVLtoday readers.
Population overview statistics | Chart via Thomas P. Miller & Associates
Over the last year, TPMA worked to gather data about affordable housing in both the City of Greenville and Greenville County. The strategic plan they created both analyzes this data + proposes innovative solutions to some of the problems identified. (You can get an executive summary of the plan here.)
Here are some of the main strategies discussed to address housing barriers (along with the page number to reference in the strategic plan for further details):
🏠 Increase affordable housing preservation through acquisition of naturally occurring affordable housing with a goal of 3,000 units over ten years(page 31) 🏠 Increase production of affordable housing through leveraged private + public investment with a goal of 10,000 units over ten years (page 35) 🏠 Identified locations for affordable housing(close to services, employment, education, transportation) (page 39) 🏠 Housing finance tools such as utilizing local, state and federal tax credits and incentives, land banking, opportunity funds and innovative partnerships (page 43)
This strategic plan will be executed by the 46 members of the Greenville Affordable Housing Coalition(GAHC) – “a collective impact group working toward the production and preservation of affordable housing units in Greenville County.” Members of GAHC includenon-profits, neighborhoods, government leaders, and private development organizations such as the six municipalities in Greenville County, Habitat for Humanity, Greenville County School District, Macmillan Pazdan Smith + more.
Additionally, the Greenville Housing Fund will soon be launching an online dashboardstakeholders + concerned citizens can use to monitor affordable housing development in our area. The dashboard will include metrics such as affordable unit baseline(by income cohorts), unit profiles, total cost per unit to build, annual investments (by private, public, and non-profit sectors) + more.
Announced ○ Yesterday, the City of Greenville made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Poinsettia Christmas Parade. The Department of Events and Cultural Affairs is working on alternative events that are safe + festive for the community. 🎄
WaterCooler ○The Greenville Swamp Rabbits are back in action, and yesterday, they announced five home games including their home opener onDec. 18, their Heroes of the Upstate Night, against the Florida Everblades. The full schedule will be announced soon, and full season and half season ticket plans are on sale now. More details here. 🏒
Asked ○ From light displays to inflatable ghouls, larger-than-life spiderwebs + porches with poltergeists – you no longer need to travel to a haunted house to see the best spooky scenes in Greenville. What homes, neighborhoods, or businesses have the best Halloween decorations? It can be your own or one you’ve spotted around town. Let us know. It’d be a real treat if you include details about the decor – or better yet, a picture. 🕷
Community ○ #DYK –533 children are currently in foster care in Greenville County? My PR Lab has helped coordinate several local businesses in the Upstate to participate in a luggage drive for foster children moving homes. See where you can donate new or gently used luggage around townhere. 🧳 (WYFF 4)
Dish ○ The authentic Mexican food restaurant Viva Villa Mexican Grill will soon beopening its doors at the old Compadres Mex Mex Grill location in the West End. The owners have yet to announce the grand opening date, so stay tuned for when we taco-bout-it. 🌮 (Greenville Journal)
State ○ Did you catch The Amazing Race on Wednesday night? If you did, you might have seen Haley and Kaylynn, native SC sisters, who are competing on season 32 of the show. Spoiler alert – the sisters have made it past week one, so you can catch them next Wednesday on CBS. 🌎
Coronavirus ○ The SC Department of Administrationannounced two new CARES Act programs – the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant and the Nonprofit Relief Grant – that will accept applications beginning Mon., Oct. 19 through Nov. 1. Grants will range from $2,500 to $25,000 for minority and small businesses and from $2,5000 to $50,000 for nonprofits. The grants are intended to help offset the cost of expenditures or revenue loss from COVID-19. Read more about qualifying businesseshere. (WLTX) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
TryThis ○ Our idea of the ultimate weekend?Brunch(with mimosas): Check. Localshopping: Check. Browsing local open houses:Check.🗓️Ⓟ
Correction ○ October’s Legacy Farmer’s Marketis happening thisSunday, Oct. 18(not Saturday, as we shared in yesterday’s newsletter) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., ft. live music, food trucks and 20+ local vendors and artisans. Details here. 🛍️Ⓟ
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Tomorrow is Black Poetry Day, and to celebrate, we wanted to highlight local poet and hip-hop + visual artist, mOody bLaCk. mOody is from Spartanburg + has lived in South Carolina his entire life.
He is a passionate poet + has been writing poetry since he was 12 years old. He really got serious about his writing in the late 90’s and participated in his first poetry slam in the early aughts. He has been a full time poet for five years + has traveled all over the country.
mOody bLaCk was kind enough to write a poem about Greenville, called Emerald, for us to share with you today.
The emerald – gemstone of healing It is known to bring loyalty, bliss, love, unity, and promotes friendship And Greenville, South Carolina… Well, we sometimes call it “The Emerald City”
Read the rest of mOody bLaCk’s poem about our wonderful city here.
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Show ○ ‘Night, Mother | Fri., Oct. 16 + Sat., Oct. 17 | Virtual | $12 | Check out the filmed performance of ‘Night Mother virtually. 🎬
Family ○ Boo in the Zoo | Thurs., Oct. 15-Sun., Oct. 18 | 3-8 p.m. | Greenville Zoo | $9-$12 | With Halloween right around the corner, join the Greenville Zoo for this family friendly event for all ages. 🎃
Saturday ○ Landmark Warehouse Sale | Sat., Oct. 17 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Landmark Project Warehouse, 103-B Shaw St. | All items $5 – buy 4, get 1 free. | Shop a huge selection of national and local Landmark tees, enamelware, and National Park posters. 🏔️ ○ Central Railroad Festival | Sat., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Central, SC | Free | Live music, train rides for kids, good eats, and festivities for all ages. 🚂 ○ October Punk Flea Market | Sat., Oct. 17 + Sun., Oct. 18 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Greenville Shrine Club, 119 Beverly Rd. | $5 at the door | If you’re a fan of weird art, vinyl records, vintage clothes, or possibly a collector or strange and unusual things, this event is for you.🤘
Sunday ○ Legacy Farmer’s Market | Sun., Oct. 18 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Legacy Haywood, 930 Old Airport Rd. | Free entry | Live music, food trucks and 20+ local vendors and artisans ○ Greenville Triumph vs. Union Omaha| Sun., Oct. 18 | 3 p.m. | Legacy Early College Stadium | $10+ | Cheer the Triumph on in their last home game of the season. ⚽
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.