Welcome to the

Community Development

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


 Click Here for Annual Action Plan

FY 2017 - 18 Annual Action Plan

  • Citizens will have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed Annual Action Plan during the public hearings and during the 30-day public comment period: April 10, 2017 – May 11, 2017. A summary of citizen comments will be included in the FY2017-2018 Annual Action Plan to be submitted to HUD.
  • Two (2) Public Hearings will be held:
    • Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Columbia Empowerment Zone Suites, 1509 Lady St. Columbia, SC 29201 @ 6:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at City Council Meeting, City Hall 3rd Floor, 1737 Main St., Columbia, SC, 29201 @ 6:00 p.m.


We Want Your Input!!

Please CLICK HERE for our Stakeholder Questionnaire! 

The Questionnaire can be returned to:

Community Development

C/O Dollie D. Bristow

1225 Lady Street, Suite 102

Columbia, SC 29201

[email protected]

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Please click the flyer to register for the Home Buyer Workshop




Link to CDBG-Disaster Relief Website!

The City of Columbia experienced a devastating flood during October 2015 resulting in millions of dollars in damages to our citizens’ homes, businesses and local infrastructure.  Columbia is strong and resilient and is working hard to restore what was lost through its application for funding from various agencies to include the State of South Carolina, Federal Emergency Management Agency along with other grant programs dedicated toward disaster recovery.

Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $19.9 million to help the City of Columbia recover from the October 2015 flood. The Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program governs how these funds can be used. These funds will be managed by the City of Columbia’s Community Development Department.


HUD requires that the City of Columbia complete an Action Plan for CDBG-DR funds that will describe programs and best uses of funds to assist those impacted by the flood and help meet “unmet needs” to further assist the community in its recovery in the following areas: housing, economic development, infrastructure and acquisition.

A DRAFT Action Plan will be posted for public comment on August 21st  thru September 4th, 2016 for citizens input and feedback.

Contact Us

For (CDBG-DR) program information, please contact: (803)545-3373 or email [email protected]

Download the Action Plan

Bajar el Plan de Accion

Action Plan PowerPoint

For information requiring accommodations for person with disabilities dial 7-1-1 TDD or 803-545-3373.

For persons with Limited English Proficiency call 803-545-3373.

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Current Programs:

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


                      Neighborhood Initiative Program  

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. 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.

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.


The Target Areas include:

Booker Washington Heights Redevelopment Area Map

Eau Claire Redevelopment Area Map

Edisto Court Redevelopment Area Map

King/Lyon Street Redevelopment Area Map

Belvedere Neighborhood Association Area Map

Brandon Acres Cedar Terrace Area Map

Pinehurst Community Council Area Map

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.  Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) Map


Physical Address:

Community Development Department
1225 Lady Street, Suite 102
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: (803) 545-3373 Fax: (803) 255-8912
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 147
Columbia, South Carolina 29217
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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