What once was an empty lot on Urban Street, is now two new homes for formerly homeless single parents.
United Housing Connections (UHC), the City of Greenville, and the Haynie-Sirrine Neighborhood Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 18, 2019 to unveil two new affordable housing units. The new units each include two bedrooms and one bath for less than $600 a month.
"Single parents that are raising children need a place to call home," said Babette Jones, who grew up on Urban Street and serves on the board of UHC.
UHC serves people at-risk for, and currently experiencing homelessness in the South Carolina Upstate Region. Lorain Crowl, executive director of United Housing Connections said, "We are very short in this community on one-bedroom units. And a lot of folks experiencing homelessness are adult single individuals."
The City of Greenville donated the land and provided $60,000 in HUD HOME funds for the project. UHC received $200,930 in new construction dollars from HUDÔÇÖs Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, which provides funding to promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. UHC serves as the lead agency in the Upstate Continuum of Care, which serves 13 counties.
The new affordable housing units on Urban Street were two years in the making but brought the city a small step closer to providing enough affordable housing for its residents.