Homeownership Initiative (HI)

About the Initiative

The Homeownership Initiative (HI) is an exciting program designed to ensure that residents from diverse economic backgrounds share in the American dream of homeownership.

View or download the brochure (PDF) and application (PDF).

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The City adopted The Charleston Homeownership Initiative Redevelopment Plan in December of 2000, creating the Homeownership Initiative (HI) program. In response to the imbalance between household incomes and housing costs in downtown Charleston, Mayor Riley and the City Council challenged city staff to develop a program that:

  • Provided housing affordable to persons of low- and moderate-incomes
  • Revitalized some of the City's most distressed neighborhoods
  • Built capacity among the local non-profit organizations

HI Facts

  • Target neighborhoods are Cannonborough, Elliotborough, Eastside, Westside, Rosemont and H, F and I streets
  • Targets households earning 50-120% of the Area Median Income (PDF).
  • Over 100 homes sold