The Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) is designed to stabilize property values and prevent future foreclosures for existing property owners in targeted areas through the demolition and greening of blighted or vacant/abandoned structures. The NIP helps communities by acting as a catalyst to stimulate revitalization in areas that are suffering from decline and assisting in the preservation of the neighborhood.
The Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) is a joint venture of the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority and the SC Housing Corp. (SCHC), a not-for-profit corporation. The NIP is made possible through the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The City of Hartsville and the Darlington County Habitat for Humanity(DCHfH) have partnered together to accomplish NIP goals. The City has been awarded $385,000 to combat blight. An agreement was signed between the City and DCHfH in the fall of 2016. All funds must be expended by December 2017. Eleven properties have been purchased by DCHfH and the existing structures will be demolished and greened. Eachproperty will be maintained for a period of at least 3 years, unless opportunities for redevelopment arise. Each property may only receive $35,000 of the NIP funding through all phases of the process. Properties must be located within the approved NIP Target Area (the South Hartsville Neighborhood/Historic Butler District).
- Activity Number: 126-1
- Partner: Darlington County Habitat for Humanity
- Target Area: South Hartsville/Historic Butler District
- Number of units: 11
- Activity Budget: $385,000