Grant: $287,937 - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Aug. 12, 2009
0% voted satisfied - 100% voted not satisfied - 1 vote(s) cast
Award Description: 'The City of Greenville, SC will focus it?s CDBG-R funds on two primary activities: Activity Name:Tindal Community Residence Renovation ? Greenville Mental Health $110,000 in funds will be used for the renovation of the 8-bed Tindal Community Residence. The property is owned and operated by Greenville Mental Health Center. The renovation, coupled with efforts from the Upstate Homeless Coalition and other non-profits, will allow the building to be used as housing for clients of the Greenville Mental Health Center that have been selected as good candidates for independent living in the community. These clients typically would be low income persons that would otherwise be homeless or at significant risk for homelessness. Each client would have their own bedroom and share a common area and kitchen. Staff from the Center would provide on-going case management services, psychiatric assessment, nursing services, and individual supportive therapy. This activity was given preference because of its ability to begin in a timely manner. Planning began on this project in previous years, but the project was unable to be completed because of a lack of funding. The CDBG-R funding will allow this ?shovel-ready? project to get underway. The renovation of the Tindal Community Residence will create jobs immediately through the construction and renovation of the property located at 6 Tindal Avenue. The project will also support existing jobs by helping to expand the scope of the Greenville Mental Health Center thereby creating more opportunities for its employees to provide services to members of the community in need. Activity Name: City Wide Rehabilitation $149,143.30 in funds will be used to support the additional rehabilitation of approximately 8 home ownership units in the City?s special emphasis neighborhoods. The rehabilitation program is an on-going City program that is facilitated through partnerships with local faith-based organizations and non-profits. Typically funded through regular CDBG monies, the quick infusion of CDBG-R funds will allow for an increase in capacity of the program that can be initiated as soon as eligible home owners and properties are found. The home ownership units that will be rehabilitated will help create or retain several jobs. Crews will perform the rehabilitation along with several sub-contractors for plumbing and electric. A crew will also be used to calculate the change in energy-efficiency that has been brought about as a result of the rehabilitation. The unemployment rate in South Carolina is one of the highest in the country and the construction industry has seen some of the largest losses in employment in the state. The primary use of these funds will be to help improve the living conditions of low to moderate income persons as well as improve the general appearance of the neighborhoods; however, the ability to create job opportunities for people in the construction industry will have a tremendously positive impact on our community. The City wide rehabilitation program will be focused within our special emphasis neighborhoods, which have been recognized as areas of significant need and have become the focus of Community Development?s resources in an effort to improve housing conditions and opportunities for low to moderate income people within these neighborhoods. Many within these neighborhoods have been affected by the current recession and the housing crisis. The rehabilitation work will focus on ensuring the soundness of the structure and in improving the energy efficiency of the home. By ensuring that energy and water efficient appliances and systems are used when replaced and by sealing and insulating the home to minimize heating and cooling loss, the rehabilitation of these homes will also help to keep utility costs low for the homeowner for the long-term. '
Project Description: The CDBG-R funds will be used for two major activites and administrative costs. $110,000 in funds will be used for the renovation of the 8-bed Tindal Community Residence. The property is owned and operated by Greenville Mental Health Center and will be used as for clients that have been selected as good candidates for independent living in the community. The property is currently being used for this use, but the rehabilitation will help keep the property up to code and create an environment that is more healthy, sustainable, and energy efficient for the residents. In preparation for this rehabilitation project, the property has been inspected and a lead test was performed as well as a blower door test. These preparations will ensure that the rehabilitation is condusted properly and that we can account for the change in energy-efficiency upon completion of the project. $149,143.30 in funds will be used to support the additional rehabilitation of approximately 8 home ownership units in the City?s special emphasis neighborhoods, which have been recognized as areas of significant need and have become the focus of Community Development?s resources in an effort to improve housing conditions and opportunities for low to moderate income people in these areas. Currently, the City has begun initial conversations with home owners and started lead tests on 7 owner-occupied homes in these areas. The lead testing service (2 jobs) conducted tests on these homes to ensure that any rehabilitation takes lead abatement into consideration when neccessary. Although these projects are still in the early stages of testing and inquiry, environmental reviews have been completed on the Tindall House and on 4 of the 7 potential rehab properties, so the rehabilitation activities should begin promptly.
Jobs Summary: Used lead testing services (2 jobs) to visit the project location, take samples, and process the samples in a laboratory to test for lead within the houses. An energy audit was also begun by employing an individual (1 job) to perform a blower-door test to gauge the current energy efficiency of the Tindall House property before rehabilitation begins. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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