Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Columbia's citizens by providing economic, housing and
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 through 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.
To engage the neighborhoods, business and community organizations within the City of Columbia, the Community Development department sponsors and supports several annual events throughout the City.
The City Of Columbia the seventh annual National Night Out Kickoff was rained out on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Finlay Park.
National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
This year’s kickoff event will feature a variety of public safety vehicles, live entertainment, “Catch the Criminal” scavenger hunt, a neighborhood display contest, inflatable rides, home security displays and tons of family fun.
In conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series, saxophonist Dante Lewis will take the stage at 8 p.m. and close out the night.
On Tuesday, August 5, National Night Out will be celebrated in Columbia’s neighborhoods with cookouts, community block parties and more. Details will be available in the coming weeks.
National Night Out "Kick Off"
Ownership, Maintenance and Gardening "OMG" Workshop
National Community Development Week
Neighborhood Leadership Summit (NLS)
Access Columbia in español Acceso Columbia
Homeless Services RFI Responses
To view or download the Homeless Services RFI responses, click on the PDF's listed below. For additional information, please contact Deborah Livingston, Director of Community Development, at 803-545-3373.
Lutheran Services Carolinas
Midlands Housing Trust Fund
Oliver Gospel Mission
Step Up Corporation
United Way of the Midlands
What We Do
Housing Loan Programs
We're here to help arrange affordable home loans in Columbia for families and individuals earning up to 150% of the Area Median Income. By working with partner banks to secure low interest rates and favorable terms and conditions with no mortgage insurance required.
Federal Entitlement Programs
These funds are granted through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and primarily benefit the low and moderate income population within the City of Columbia. In addition, the city received stimulus dollars though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program to provide a surge in the economy during this economic downturn.
03-06-2014 Public Notice FY 2014-2015 Public Hearing - Citizen Participation (pdf)
03-06-2014 Public Notice FY2014 HOPWA Request for Proposals (RFP) - 2 (pdf)
12–20-2013 Public Notice FY 2014 – 2015 HOPWA Request for Proposals (RFP)
10-07-2013 Public Notice FY 2014 – 2015 CDBG Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)
Neighborhood Services & Community Programs
Neighborhood Services is an over-arching approach that expands the concept of "community investment”. Community Liaisons are utilized to provide opportunities for citizens and neighborhood organizations to access education and resources. Community events and programs are creatively designed to enhance livability and sustainability, and to promote a suitable living environment.