The GHA is a coalition that was loosely formed in 2014 in response to an acute increase in homeless individuals drawn to an area of Greenville that became known as “Tent City.” In 2015, homeless service providers developed a Homelessness White Paper that outlined a plan to increase local housing options for homeless individuals and established priorities for advocacy. In 2016, the coalition began conducting a more thorough data scan to establish benchmarks and goals. They also established a coalition structure and projects to propel momentum. In 2017, United Ministries was chosen as the host organization. Based on the experience of similar efforts across the country, having a strong host is a key success factor to sustaining collective impact initiatives. Hiring a Coordinator in 2018 was the first completed item followed by the medical respite pilot launching in 2019 from the Homelessness White Paper.
Susan McLarty is the first Coordinator of the Greenville Homeless Alliance and has held this position since May 1, 2018. Prior to this she served on the 2016 Affordable Housing Steering Committee for the City of Greenville, Greenville Homeless Alliance Steering Committee as Chair of Advocacy, United Ministries Executive Board as Chair of Congregational Relations and Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) Board. She is a graduate of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) with The Riley Institute at Furman University, a member of the Downtown Rotary and a Ruling Elder with Presbyterian Church (USA.) She is currently serving on the Student Improvement Council (SIC) at Wade Hampton High School and as Vice Chair of The Greenville Housing Authority Board. Susan is married to George and they have a daughter who attends Wade Hampton High School and the Fine Arts Center. A graduate of NC State, she has worked for Milliken & Co. and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Heather Gatchell joined GHA as Partner Engagement Director in January 2019. Contact Heather at 864.775.4611 or email: email@example.com
we are a coalition of
over 75 partners
The coalition loosely formed in 2015 with 18 partner organizations comprising the Homelessness Leadership Task Force who reached consensus on the priorities outlined in the Homelessness White Paper. Since then, public, private, and nonprofit groups have been working toward more long-term coordinated strategies. The GHA has an additional 150+ individuals working and advocating for the shared vision of safe, affordable homes for all.
GHA is governed by a steering committee, which sets the strategic priorities, coordinates action and ensures the financial and human resources to support the collective agenda are available. GHA is utilizing the collective impact framework as a basis for partnership with five key elements: a common agenda, common progress measures, coordination of mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and support of the partnership through a host organization. Learn more from members of the Steering Committee for what GHA hopes to accomplish in 2019 in this link.
MEET OUR STEERING COMMITTEE
Ryan Duerk - Miracle Hill Ministries
Lauren Stephens - The Salvation Army
Tish McCutchen - Jolley Foundation
Gerald Huskamp - CRH Properties, LLC
Lorain Crowl - United Housing Connections
Mary Kay Campbell - Greenville Mental Health Center
Deb Richardson-Moore - Triune Mercy Center
Rebecca Edwards - City of Greenville
Brandon Cook - New Horizon Family Health Services, Inc.
Matthew Johnson - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C.
Jeremy Strickler - Williams Wealth Management
Lovetta Walton - Greenville County Redevelopment Authority
Tony McDade - United Ministries (Ex-Officio)