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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




The "OMG" Owning, Maintaining, Gardening of Homeownership Event

The Department of Community Development Department will host our Fifth annual “Owning, Maintaining and Gardening (O.M.G.) of Homeownership” workshop on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 from 9:15am to 1:30pm in recognition of HOMEOWNERSHIP MONTH. This workshop is designed to cover every aspect related to purchasing a home or simply maintaining the one you already own. Examples of the topics covered are: Container Gardening, 1st Time Homebuyer, The art of Thrifting, Grilling and Nutritional Eating, Crime Prevention, Fire Safety Prevention, Cutting Energy Cost, and our newest edition will be an Interactive Educational class for Children ages 6-10.







City of Columbia Community Development

FY 2016-2017Annual Action Plan Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ City Council Meeting, City Hall 3rd Floor, 1737 Main St., Columbia, SC, 29201 at 6:00 p.m.

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, 2016 – May 11, 2016.  A summary of citizen comments will be included in theFY2016-2017 Annual Action Plan to be submitted to HUD.

DRAFT: Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 - 2017 (updated)

Minutes from April 21 Public Hearing for Annual Action Plan 2016-17

Community Development Survey

Fair Housing Survey

Public comments regarding the Annual Action Plan Report should be mailed to Dollie Bristow, Community Development Department, 1225 Lady St., Suite 102, Columbia, SC 29201, e-mailed to [email protected] or faxed to (803) 255-8912. For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at (803) 545-3373.


Financial Education Workshop Start Fresh! Series-3 FREE workshops from 10AM to 3PM

will begin again soon. Please check back with us!


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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