Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5246 GREENVILLE COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) provides the opportunity for residents of Greenville County to achieve the American Dream through affordable housing opportunities and community revitalization. Established in 1974, GCRA works to improve the living conditions of the county’s low and moderate income resi- dents by building new homes, rehabilitating existing homes and improving the infrastructures within communities, as well as providing credit and homeownership education. By developing community partnerships and administer- ing funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), GCRA works to build a better quality of life for everyone. First-time homeowners have the opportunity to pur- chase one of GCRA’s new homes, while current homeown- ers can repair or improve their homes through GCRA’s Re- habilitation Program. Two owner-occupied rehab projects were completed in 2016 and six others were started. Strong partnerships make it possible for GCRA to con- duct beautification and public works projects such as im- proving streets, sidewalks, lighting, drainage, sewers, parks, and installing handicap ramps to maintain a safe and beauti- ful environment for all residents to enjoy. GCRA completed demolition of four properties in the City of Greer in 2016 and another two were in progress. Work continued in the Needmore Community, where one housing unit was completed on McKissick Ave. and two others were underway on Spring St. Engineering design was completed for infrastructure improvements on Spring St., which were in progress at the end of the year. GCRA has worked with The Upstate Homeless Coa- Fiscal Year 2016 CDBG and HOME funding for the City of Greer CDBG: $313,713 • HOME: $240,584 • Total: $554,297 New Construction/Housing Activities......................$240,584 Infrastructure Improvement / Public Works............$158,713 Property Acquisition................................................$ 50,000 Subrecipients..........................................................$ 40,000 Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation..............................$ 25,000 Emergency Rehabilitation......................................$ 20,000 Demolition..............................................................$ 20,000 Fiscal Year 2016 Subrecipient Funding lition to implement a $4 million, 36-unit Housing and Ur- ban Development senior housing complex as part of the Creekside Community project. GCRA completed three new single-family homes in the community in 2016 and two oth- ers were underway at the end of the year. GCRA offers a facade improvement grant program to encourage improvement and investment to retain and attract businesses, strengthen the central business district, increase utilization of downtown buildings, restore economic vitality and enhance property values. One facade project on Trade St. was completed in 2016 while another on E. Poinsett St. was underway. GCRA’s Economic Development and Revolving Loan Fund provides five-year, low-interest loans between $5,000 and $25,000 to small existing and emerging businesses lo- cated in Greer’s central business district. A portion of the city’s annual CDBG allocation is made available through a competitive application process to sub- recipients for public service activities. Sub-recipient funding was $40,000 for six local organizations in 2016. Greer Community Ministries ........................... $15,000 Creative Advancement Centers ...................... $ 9,000 Needmore Summer Camp ............................. $ 7,000 Greer Relief and Resources Agency .............. $ 6,000 Helping Hands of Greer .................................. $ 2,000 Cannon Centre Senior Program ..................... $ 1,000 Abandoned and derelict homes such as the one above on Beverly Ln. in Greer may be demolished by GCRA. T E A M G R E E R 2 0 1 6 A N N U A L R E P O R T