Community Development

The mission of the Community Development Division is to improve the quality of life for low and moderate income City of Greenville residents. Community Development facilitates meaningful programs which address the root causes of poverty and need, involving all community stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs and projects. Each Community Development activity is defined as "community-owned" due to such diverse and thorough input during need assessment, development, implementation and evaluation.

Community Development News

In March, the City retained neighborhood planning firm czb to complete an Affordable Housing Assessment and Strategy. As part of this initiative, the city is asking for citizen input. Please help us out by completing this short survey.

Responses to the survey are confidential, and your responses are appreciated. 
Affordable Housing Survey

Know Your Options:
Resources for Homeowners

The Greenville County Human Relations Commission and the City of Greenville will host public workshops on September 20 & 29 to explore some of the resources and
options available to homeowners. Join us to find out what you should know and do if someone offers to buy your house. Door prizes and a light meal will be provided. For more information, please call
467-7095. Download an event flyer.

2015-2016 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report Public Hearing

A public hearing was held at City Hall on Sept. 1 to discuss the 2015-2016 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER is an evaluation report outlining Community Development’s accomplishments during the 2015-2016 program year. The report examines Community Development’s activities affecting housing, the living environment, and economic development compared to the goals and priorities set in its 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan.

View the draft CAPER online, or review the document at either the Community Development Division Office, 6th Floor, City Hall; or the Hughes Main Library, South Carolina Room, 25 Heritage Green Place. Please call 864-467-4428 for further information or questions. Comments will be accepted on the CAPER until 9:00 a.m., Sept. 30, 2016.

Please address comments to:

City of Greenville - Community Development Division
P.O. Box 2207
Greenville, SC 29602
Or e-mail to: 
Attn: CAPER comments

Greenville Dreams Graduates

The City, County, and United Way work together on many community development initiatives, and now they have the skills to take this work to the next level. Jokeitha Seabrook with United Way, Christa Jordan with the City's Community Development division, and Tina Belge with the County's GCRA were among the August graduating class of the Greenville Dreams' Grassroots Leadership Development Program.  
Greenville Dreams consists of neighborhood leaders from Special emphasis Neighborhoods in Greenville County who partner with the United Way of Greenville, the City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority to collaborate and focus on facilitating positive changes through resident-centered neighborhood development.

The new graduates join the ranks of more than 100 program alumni, who work collectively to identify and address community priorities such as landlord/tenant education, neighborhood capacity building and documenting neighborhood history. If you are interested in applying to participate, download a Grassroots Leadership Development application.

2016-2017 Grant Assistance Partnership (GAP) Grant Recipients


  • Green Avenue Area Association
  • Haynie-Sirrine Neighborhood Association
  • Nicholtown Neighborhood Association
  • Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association
  • Southernside Neighborhoods in Action
  • West Greenville Community Associate
These Special Emphasis neighborhood associations were awarded up to $2500.00 to address one or more of the following goal areas of neighborhood development:  landlord/tenant education, capacity building, neighborhood history, and neighborhood infrastructure.  These projects are intended to have a long-term impact on the neighborhoods while building and sustaining connections among the neighbors and groups within the community. These activities are encouraged to involve as many residents living in the communities as possible.  The Grant Assistance Partnership is a combined effort between the City of Greenville, United Way Greenville County, and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority.  For more information, contact: Ashlee Tolbert, 864-467-4567.

Greenville Recognized

by Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America applauds the City of Greenville for work done by Community Development in affordable housing and brownfield redevelopment. Learn about how Greenville is one of six cities nationwide that exemplify smart growth. Read the Smart Growth article.