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
June is National Homeownership Month and is an opportunity to encourage our citizens to explore the benefits of owning a home. In recognition, a Proclamation will be presented to our 2016 “Partner In Excellence”, State Farm Insurance - Larry Lucas. For 3 years, State Farm has a sponsor of the City Of Columbia “OMG” Owning, Maintaining and Gardening Workshop. Also, acknowledge a “Preserve the Dream” homeowner that utilized the City Lender I Program. Please find attached the draft National Homeownership Month Proclamation.
Financial Education Workshop Start Fresh! Series-3 FREE workshops from 10AM to 3PM
will begin again soon. Please check back with us!
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. 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.
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