Implementation Begins for Greenville Community Plan

Members of the Greenville Community Partnership (GCP) have reason to celebrate today after finding out their neighborhood plan entitled, “I Love Greenville Community Plan” has received $100,000 courtesy of Horizon Healthcare Services through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (NJDCA) Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program. Last October, GCP’s neighborhood plan was approved by NJDCA to participate in the NRTC program. Funds are being administered by Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC), headquartered in Jersey City, to implement health and wellness programs for seniors, financial literacy and volunteer programs for youth, and to recruit Greenville entrepreneurs for business training courses to start local businesses. GSECDC will be partnering with local organizations, AngelaCARES and Rising Tide Capital to roll out these services.

 GSECDC Executive Director, Carol Mori states, “GSECDC is proud to facilitate this process and commends all of the participants, particularly the residents and steering committee members, for their commitment to positive change in Greenville. Planning efforts like this command attention and funding and I sincerely thank Horizon Healthcare Services and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and all that support us in this effort.”

 Over a 10-month period ending in December 2012, the Greenville Community Partnership brought together residents, business owners, local non-profits and other organizations to participate in extensive neighborhood planning process. During that time roughly 500 attended five public meetings and over 350 surveys were conducted door-to-door. The planning area stretches from Woodlawn Ave to Union St between Bergen Ave and Ocean Ave.

 GCP Coordinator and Assistant Project Manager for GSECDC, Matt Ward says, “Implementation will not be easy. The challenges facing the Greenville Neighborhood did not develop overnight and they will not be resolved overnight. But by working together, bringing a unified voice to the needs of the community, the goals of the community can be realized.”  

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BACKGROUND: To date, GSECDC has completed the development of 240 units of affordable housing over 90 scattered sites, mostly in Greenville. Started in December 2011, the Greenville Community Plan is the agency’s first foray in the community organizing. The Greenville Community Partnership has over 15 steering committee members that include residents, churches, businesses and representatives from AngelaCARES Inc, College Preparatory Incentive, Friends of Lifers Youth Corp, Jackson Hill Main Street Management Corp, North Jersey National Action Network, Rising Tide Capital, Urban League of Hudson County and others. More information about the plan and its participants available at: and

Greenville NRTC Proposal Accepted

Today, GSECDC was notified that GCP's "I Love Greenville Phase One" proposal was accepted into the qualified project's pool for the 2014 NRTC program. Credits under to $975,000 could be headed toward GCP programs. 

During the month of October, the GCP Steering Committee put together a strong application for high priority plan activities. Proposed programs or projects will include: Senior and Youth Services; Entrepreneurship Training, Community Liaison and Outreach, and Residential Development along Ocean Avenue. Now GCP is in wait to see if investors will invest in proposed activities for Greenville.

Greenville Initiative is NJDCA approved

Today, the Greenville Community Partnership received a letter from Commissioner Richard Constable that their neighborhood plan was accepted by the New Jersey City Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) into their Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC). 

The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC) is designed to foster the revitalization of New Jersey's distressed neighborhoods. NRTC offers business entities a 100 percent tax credit against various New Jersey state taxes. Credits are provided to business entities that invest in the revitalization of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in eligible cities. Sixty percent of the tax credit funds must be used for activities related to the development of housing and economic development. The remaining balance may be used for complementary activities such as the provision of assistance to small businesses, removing barriers to self-sufficiency, and promoting the integration of mixed-income neighborhoods. A total of $10 million per year is available in tax credits.

NRTC funds are used by neighborhood-based non-profit organizations that have prepared, submitted and received approval from the Department for a revitalization plan for the neighborhood it serves. The funds must be used by the eligible organizations for projects and activities that will implement the goals and strategies of the approved neighborhood plan. The maximum amount per application is $1 million. NRTC rules and policies govern the number of applications and grants that an eligible organization may submit and receive.


Greenville Plan Receives Smart Growth Award

All the work of the Greenville Community Partnership has been recognized by Hudson County.

Last month "I Love Greenville Community Plan" received a Smart Growth Award from the Division of Planning for Hudson County for Smart Planning and Policy. The 4th annual Hudson County Smart Growth Award Ceremony was held last night. In attendance will be GSECDC Executive Director Carol Mori, GSECDC Director of Housing and Community Development John Restrepo and GCP steering committee members.

From left to right: Evans Jones, Eric Mason, Carol Mori, Carolyn Oliver-Fair, and John Resrepo

From left to right: Evans Jones, Eric Mason, Carol Mori, Carolyn Oliver-Fair, and John Resrepo