The Post and Courier article — John Castile to retire from affordable housing post after serving Greenville 30 years

The Post and Courier (Greenville) has published an article about the impending retirement of John Castile, GCRA’s Executive Director.  Some excerpts:

He has headed the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority since 2018, where he has shepherded federal and local resources and partnered with officials, developers and nonprofits to expand access to affordable housing in the area…

During Castile’s six-year tenure, [County Councilman, Butch] Kirven said, he worked to change perspectives on public investment in affordable housing…  That shift, he said, is in part responsible for the county’s recent decision to almost triple its contribution to affordable housing, bumping it from $1 million a year to $2.5 million…

“He’s one of the most-knowledgeable people I know, and he’s done a tremendous job for Greenville County,” Kirven said. 

Castile said the GCRA has been able to make progress only by working with partner organizations, including federal agencies, local municipalities, developers and nonprofits. 

Monroe Free, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, said Castile and the GCRA have been among his organization’s closest allies. 

“John is so driven by mission and by the ideals of collaboration, it’s just been a dream working with him and GCRA,” he said. “We’re not going to find another John. But I’m confident that GCRA will find another capable leader, and I’m confident in part because John has prepared the organization.”

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