GLEAMS and Habitat for Humanity forms partnership

From left are Shunna Jeter, chief executive officer of GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Stephen Baggett Jr., executive director of Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity, and Sen. Floyd Nicholson.

GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission and Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity have formed a partnership to construct affordable housing in the City of Greenwood, funded by a grant from the State of South Carolina in the amount of $200,000.

Senator Floyd Nicholson of Greenwood advocated for the grant award on behalf of the agencies. “I know that homeownership is life-changing and one of the keys to lifting families out of poverty,” he stated.

“Housing is at the top of our community-needs assessment, but home construction is not in our wheelhouse,” reasoned Shunna Jeter, Chief Executive Officer of GLEAMNS. “We are happy to have Greenwood Area Habitat as an eager partner.”

Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity provides the land, materials and expertise to help local families build their own homes alongside volunteers and then pay an affordable mortgage. Homebuyers are required to help build their own homes and those of others in Greenwood Area Habitat’s program.

“Our vision is a community where everyone has a safe, sustainable place to live,” said Stephen Baggett, Jr., Executive Director of Greenwood Area Habitat. “Because of Senator Nicholson and GLEAMNS, our Habitat families will benefit from improved health and stronger early-childhood development and have the financial independence to invest in education and pursue opportunity.”

Greenwood Area Habitat will soon complete a home build on Neel Street in the Westside neighborhood and plans to construct eighteen single-family houses on the former site of the Mineral Court Apartments between Mineral and Carolina Avenues. Senator Nicholson said that he was drawn to help because of this ongoing work in the neighborhood where he was raised.

“I think often about how the people of the Westside neighborhood encouraged me as a young man,” he explained.

Baggett gave credit for the partnership to Senator Nicholson. “Our work at Greenwood Area Habitat fits perfectly within the mission of GLEAMNS to help families become self-sufficient, but this partnership would have been much longer in forming without Senator Nicholson’s inspiration and guidance,” Baggett said.

Submitted by Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity