Help is on the way to families across the Greenville area as the Greenville Housing Fund received a $250,000 grant from TD Bank on Thursday.
The grant will go directly to the “Home Again Partnership”, a program collaborated between the Green Building Housing Fund and United Housing Connections.
“It’s impacting livelihoods, jobs, income, health,” President and CEO of the Greenville Housing Fund, Bryan Brown said. “It’s having significant and serious impacts on our community and this is a symptom of that.”
Brown said they were aware of two hotel/motel communities where families were residing before the pandemic, now there are ten.
The “Home Again Partnership” aims to identify families with school-aged children living in hotels and provide them with support such as housing and financial assistance, both of which are aimed at fostering self-sufficiency.
The first step is connecting students with a McKinney-Vento liaison, said CEO of United Housing Connections, Lorain Crowl.
“Which is a liaison that works in all Greenville County schools,” Crowl said. “Every school has one that is tasked with engaging homeless and families who are experiencing homelessness with children.”
“We start with the very basics,” Crowl said. “‘Where are you now?’ And then we carry you through with rent stabilization. That means we may come alongside you with some grant money.”
There are also other services that include case management, credit repair, and so on. “We carry folks through a program, through a two-year program to help them develop a savings account, tools to be on their own, and eventually they’re in their own housing,” said Crowl.
Both groups believe to have readily accessible resources.
Contact your school counselor if you are a Greenville family in need of assistance. Every Greenville County school counselor has a liaison that can connect you to the partnership.