Greenville County receives annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds for the year beginning July 1. The CDBG funds assist low- and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight, or meet a particularly urgent community need where no other funding is available. HOME funds are used to increase the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for lower-income persons. ESG funds are used to increase the supply of shelter and provide services for homeless people and to prevent homelessness. GCRA, through a Cooperative Agreement between the County and the five Urban County Partners, Fountain Inn, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Travelers Rest, is responsible for the administration of Federal Government funds. The funds are shared with the participating municipalities.
Each year, GCRA staff, with the approval of the GCRA Board, allocates some of these funds to Subrecipients and Housing Partners through a competitive application process. The applications for the CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds are made available to the public in November of each year and are Board approved in March to be included in Greenville County’s Annual Action Plan (AAP). The allocation of funds is in compliance with specific funding regulations.
GCRA makes available no more than 15 percent of the County’s CDBG annual allocation to subrecipients for public service activities. The public service activities include education, nutrition, child care, and medical care. The subrecipients must serve clients that are low- and moderate-income unless they are members of certain groups (seniors, disabled adults, battered and abused spouses and children, illiterates, people with HIV/AIDS, or migrant farm workers). People in these groups are automatically eligible for public service activities. 95 percent of Greenville County’s Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) is available to subrecipients serving the homeless population.