The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority has hired John Castile as its new executive director. Castile recently retired from the city of Greenville after 23 years, the last eight as city administrator.
“He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization and is an excellent team leader,” David Doser, chairman of the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority board, said in a news release. “Now with the spotlight firmly on the need for affordable housing in Greenville County, John can help us use our federal and county funding to efficiently and effectively tackle this issue.”
The authority is an agency of Greenville County charged with the administration of funds received by the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other sources for the provision of affordable housing and related activities, according to the release. In conjunction with the Hollingsworth Funds and the county, the authority recently announced an affordable housing study which showed that approximately 9,500 affordable housing units are needed to meet the demand for housing for our workforce and low-income residents.
“My sincere thanks to the board of directors of the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority for allowing me the opportunity to participate in strengthening communities by building new homes, improving existing homes, and enhancing the lives of residents of Greenville County,” Castile said, in the release. “As Greenville County continues to experience unprecedented growth, increasing housing opportunities for all incomes levels is essential to building an inclusive diverse community.”
Greenville County was the first in South Carolina to be designated an “urban county” by HUD, entitling it to an annual appropriation of funds, the release said. It remains the state’s largest urban county. In addition to the county’s funds, the authority administers HUD funds for the county’s five small cities.