GOAL Nehemiah Action
Commitment to Affordable Housing
Over 30,000 households in Greenville County are one paycheck away from homelessness because they pay over a third of their income on housing. As Greenville has grown and become one of the most desirable places to live in the country, the cost of housing has grown even faster. Housing prices continue to rise because there is a housing shortage in our community.
This crisis affects everyone, but those on the margins are hit the hardest. There is a shortage of over 11,000 homes for low-income families, and Greenville now has the 9th highest eviction rate in the country. Housing is a fundamental right and building block for a success life--when it is out of reach for so many the whole community suffers.
To address this crisis, GOAL is calling on city and county leaders to take aggressive sustained action. Across the country, cities that have begun to address their housing crises have created dedicated annual funding streams towards the construction of new affordable housing. At our Nehemiah Action on March 28th, GOAL asked for commitments from both Greenville City and County officials to works towards:
-- $10MM a year towards affordable housing
--One third of that funding to be designated for low-income households making 30% of the area median income or below
At the Action, Greenville's Mayor and a majority of City council committed to our asks. GOAL also received commitments from 3 of the 12 Greenville County Councilors.