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 through excellent customer service. Partnerships with banks, neighborhood and organizations allow us to improve the quality of life and continue to make Columbia a World-Class City.
The City of Columbia's Community Development Department invites residents and key community partners to provide comments on neighborhood priority needs as part of the City's 5-Year Consolidated Plan. Please provide feedback through a brief survey. For more information, call 803-545-3373.
Federal Entitlement 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.
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, favorable terms and conditions with no mortgage insurance required.
The Community Liaisons continue to provide technical assistance to neighborhood organizations to promote better communication. The Community Liaisons organize and participate in several events that have become staple events for the Community Development Department. The Community Development Department (CDD) celebrates Community Development Week (CD Week) with various events and activities such as:
The Neighborhood Leadership Summit (NLS)
Access Columbia Financial Literacy Workshop
The “OMG” of Homeownership Workshops.