Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for Columbia's citizens by providing economic, housing and social opportunities.
We are the fuel supporting the local economy by providing resources and opportunities for growth. Community Development administers federal, state and local funding and ensures compliance. Community Development programs increase homeownership and build neighborhood capacity while offering excellent customer service. Partnerships with banks, neighborhoods and organizations allow us to improve the quality of life and continue to make Columbia a world class city. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), General Fund and Home Investment Partnership Funding Accomplishments for 2014-2015
The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CPD formula block grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. Grantees report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program | Property Enhancement Assistance for Rental Program (P.E.A.R. Program) P.E.A.R.Brochure
Effective July 2015, the Property Enhancement Assistance for Rental Housing Program (P.E.A.R.) has commenced. Owners of single family rental properties throughout the City of Columbia’s targeted areas (as identified in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan) are eligible to apply for financing under the program.
A map of the eligible targeted areas is available at http://www.columbiasc.net/community-development/federal-entitlement-compliance
The Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) is designed to stabilize property values and prevent future foreclosures for existing property owners in strategically targeted areas through the removal of blighted structures.
NIP will assist communities by acting as a catalyst to stimulate redevelopment and revitalization in areas suffering from blight and decline, stabilizing values and assisting in the the preservation of existing neighborhoods. NIP is a joint venture between of the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority and the SC Housing Corp. (SCHC), a nonprofit corporation. NIP is made possible by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The City of Columbia, (the lead entity) along with Columbia Development Corporation, Columbia Housing Development Corporation and Eau Claire Development was awarded $5.315 million, to combat blighted properties. An agreement was signed between the City of Columbia, Partnering Organizations and the SCHC on May 01, 2015. Funding must be expended by June 30, 2017.
Targeted properties will be purchased by the three nonprofits and existing structures will be removed. Afterward, the property will be maintained for a period of at least three years unless redevelopment opportunities arise. Each property may only receive $35,000 of NIP funding through all phases of the process, and properties must be located within the approved NIP Target Area.
In addition the previously HUD-approved Empowerment Zone area - comprised of contiguous Census Tracts 2, 5, 9-10, 13-16, 18, 20.02, 28, 106, and 109 - was established as a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) for the term of the Consolidated Plan to ensure continued revitalization and community development efforts.