Spotlight on HOME: Les-Lane Apartments, Mississippi
Posted By Sarah Mickelson on Apr 13, 2016
For over 20 years, the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) has played a critical role providing affordable housing opportunities to seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families with children, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness. Despite the program’s success, HOME funding has been deeply cut in recent years. The “Spotlight on HOME” blog series focuses on the individuals and families served by HOME and what is at stake if the program is further cut.
Because of lower incomes and high poverty rates, rural Greenville, Mississippi struggles to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for low-income families. Moreover, Greenville maintains one of the highest concentrations of substandard housing in the state. In fact, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked the Greenville/Washington County area as the worst region in the state of Mississippi for its physical environment.
In July 2013, Greater Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association (GGHRA) was awarded an $847,000 Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) grant through the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program and $134,000 in capacity-building funds to substantially rehabilitate Les Lane Apartments, an eight-unit rental housing development in downtown Greenville.
Originally constructed in 1938, Les-Lane Apartments was Greenville’s first multifamily development. At the time, it provided luxury housing to many prominent Delta residents. However, by 2013, the property was vacant and blighted.
GGHRA, along with other community leaders, constituents, funding agencies, and beneficiaries celebrated the grand reopening of Les-Lane Apartments in December 2014. Within three days of issuing the notice of availability for occupancy, GGHRA received 43 applications for tenancy. Today, it boasts a waiting list of 28 prospective tenants.
Once vacant and vandalized, Les-Lane Apartments is now a symbol of the city’s downtown renaissance. It also helped spur local economic activity. In fact, over 90 percent of the construction activities were awarded to regional contractors, providing a much needed economic stimulus to the City of Greenville. Les-Lane Apartments has proven to be a catalyst in the downtown redevelopment movement.
GGHRA’s mission is to develop, provide, and promote safe, affordable, and decent housing, in addition to designing, researching, and promoting revitalization activities.
With an impeccable reputation within the industry, GGHRA has successfully administered numerous community based programs, including the redevelopment of scattered-site, single-family units, homebuyer assistance, and homeowner rehabilitation programs. As a result, GGHRA has helped thousands of families in the region find and maintain adequate housing.
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About HOMEIn October 2015, the HOME Coalition published the Building HOME report analyzing the economic impact of HOME nationwide and in all 50 states. The report also features a collection of more than 100 HOME Success Stories. For more information, check out Enterprise’s recent blog post on how you can help #SaveHOME.