United Housing Connections (UHC) will begin the construction of its new $9.9 million development Church Street Place, located at the Poe Mill in the Village of West Greenville.
To celebrate the beginning of the project, set to be completed in January 2024, it will be hosting an official groundbreaking at 50 Church Street on Tuesday Nov. 1 at 11 a.m.
Church Street Place will feature 36 studio apartments, including common kitchens and laundry areas on each floor, a community dining space downstairs, and office and meeting spaces. The development works to house adults experiencing chronic homelessness along with mental or physical disabilities. On-site services for residents will also be provided.
UHC launched a community capital campaign in 2019 with SEARCHlight Initiative and raised $1.7 million within 18 months from private donors, foundations, churches, and a $500,000 competitive grant award from Greenville Health Authority.
Additional donations included:
- $505,000 from the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority.
- $300,000 from the Greenville Housing Fund.
- $225,000 for the SC Department of Mental Health.
The remaining balance for the $9.9 million project was awarded through the Small Rental Development Program competition.
“We are grateful for buy-in from all of our donors and SC Housing’s generous investment in Church Street Place to support UHC’s commitment to interrupt the cycle of chronic homelessness for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Lorain Crowl, UHC chief operating officer. “The experience gained by engagement in this process is invaluable, and when Church Street Place nears completion, we intend to leverage our extensive knowledge of the significant pre-development requirements and pursue another SRDP award to replicate this evidence-based development.”