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Church housing program helps people in need


GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – An upstate church is helping people in need find housing.

Grace Church has converted Greenville Technical College’s former student dormitories into affordable apartments.

It’s part of a new program called Front Porch Housing, designed to help residents build a strong foundation, while keeping rent low.

Most residents are coming out of crisis, poverty, abuse or in recovery.

Ann Marie Alcorta moved in last weekend. She said the program offered more than a roof over her head.

“Stability. Being able to make mistakes and be loved through it. To receive suggestions, criticism, and encouragement, and everything I needed to become a healthy person and do that in the community,”

Participants focus on building life skills and working toward financial independence.

All of this is made possible with the help of community partners and volunteers.

“It’s a two-year transitional support ministry where housing is part of the program. So you opt for support services that include Bible community, budgeting classes, and life skills classes,” said Leeann Cavin, director of care and recovery ministry at Grace Church.

There is an application and interview process in order to be considered for the program.

Learn more about Front Porch accommodation.