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Our Mission

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, neighborhoods and organizations allow us to improve the quality of life and continue to make Columbia a World-Class city.
 

Annual Events

To engage the neighborhoods, business and community organizations within the City of Columbia, the Community Development department sponsors and supports several annual events throughout the City.

 

  • Access Columbia in español Acceso Columbia
  • Ownership, Maintenance and Gardening "OMG" Workshop
  • National Community Development Week
  • National Night Out "Kick Off"
  • Neighborhood Leadership Summit (NLS)
 

Homeless Services RFI Responses

To view or download the Homeless Services RFI responses, click on the PDF's listed below. For additional information, please contact Deborah Livingston, Director of Community Development, at 803-545-3373.

Lutheran Services Carolinas
Midlands Housing Trust Fund
Oliver Gospel Mission
Step Up Corporation
United Way of the Midlands

 

What We Do

Housing Loan Programs

 

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 and favorable terms and conditions with no mortgage insurance required.

 

 

Federal Entitlement Programs

These 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.

 

  Public Notices

  03-06-2014 Public Notice FY 2014-2015 Public Hearing - Citizen Participation (pdf)

  03-06-2014 Public Notice FY2014 HOPWA Request for Proposals (RFP) - 2 (pdf)

  12–20-2013 Public Notice FY 2014 – 2015 HOPWA Request for Proposals (RFP)

  10-07-2013 Public Notice FY 2014 – 2015 CDBG Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)

 

  Neighborhood Services & Community Programs

Neighborhood Services is an over-arching approach that expands the concept of "community investment”.   Community Liaisons are utilized to provide opportunities for citizens and neighborhood organizations to access education and resources.  Community events and programs are creatively designed to enhance livability and sustainability, and to promote a suitable living environment.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONTACT US

Community Development
1225 Lady Street
Suite 102
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone (803) 545-3373
Fax (803) 988-8014

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 147
Columbia, SC 29217

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

 

 

 
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