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