1225 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Community Development is the fuel that supports the local economy by providing resources and opportunities for growth.
Community Development administers federal, state and local funds and ensures compliance; increases homeownership and builds 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.
NEWS & EVENTS:
the 2013 omg of homeownership workshop will be held on saturday, june 22 from 9-1 at the midlands tech, ne campus. for more information, please contact jeff rainwater at 803-545-3383.
The Community Development Department is committed to making the City of Columbia and its neighborhoods a better place to live, work and play. It is through the efforts of this Department that the City strives to provide safe, decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities specifically for low to moderate income individuals and communities. Community Department administers Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Section 108 Guarantee Loan and Economic Development Initiative (EDI), and the Economic Development Administration (EDA). These funds come from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and primarily benefit the low and moderate income (LMI) population (neighborhoods) within the City of Columbia. In addition, the City received Stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (CDBG-R) and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) to provide a surge to the economy during this economic downturn. These funds help agencies provide assistance to the homeless and those at risk; entities that will assist with stabilizing neighborhoods seeing the effects of foreclosure and abandoned homes; and improve infrastructures, as well as job creation.
Funding provided by the federal government is leveraged with lending institutions dollars to make available low-interest housing loans through Housing Loan & Residential Services. The Community Development Department focuses on three areas of community quality: Neighborhood Services; Business Services and Housing Loan & Residential Services.
Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)
2013 - 2014 CDBG Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) Public Notice (click here) (pdf)
2013-2014 CDBG NOFA and Request for Applications (RFA) (pdf)
CDBG Regulations (24 CFR Part 570) (pdf)
Community Development Consolidated Plan
The City of Columbia Consolidated Plan is designed to be a collaborative process in which the community establishes a unified vision for housing and community development actions. It offers the City the opportunity to shape the housing and community development programs into effective, coordinated neighborhood and community development strategies. It also allows for strategic planning and citizen participation to occur in a comprehensive context, reducing duplication of effort.
The Consolidated Plan is the City’s 5-year plan and application for funding from HUD for the following grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The Consolidated Pan addresses three basic goals for the use of funding in programming for loan and moderate income families: 1) Provide decent housing 2) Provide suitable living environment, and 3) Expanding economic opportunities.
The Consolidated Plan along with citizen input is used to prepare the Community Development Annual Action Plan and the Citizen Participation Plan to identify and prioritize local needs in affordable housing, neighborhood development, economic development, public services, and public works. This plan is updated each year.
Annual Action Plans
2013 Annual Action Plan (Draft) (Word)
2013 - 2014 Annual Action Plan Fair Housing Assessment Survey (download here)
Surveys can also be completed on-line at:
Part 1 Household Assessment Part 2 Fair Housing Awareness
2012 Annual Action Plan (pdf)
2012 -2013 Notice of Annual Action Plan Public Hearing (pdf)
2011 Annual Action Plan (pdf)
Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Review (CAPER)
2011 CAPERS Report (DRAFT) (pdf)
2010 CAPERS Report (pdf)
CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC)
The Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development is an organization of neighborhood representatives appointed by City Council. The CAC makes important recommendations for the use of CDBG, HOPWA, and CANDO funds, advises the Mayor and Council on the needs of neighborhoods, reviews amendments and makes appropriate comments on policies. CAC meetings are open to the public.
2010-2014 Citizen Participation Plan (pdf)
3-07-2013- Notice FY 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan Public Hearings
11-08-2012 - NOI RROF Community Development Redevelopment Areas
11-02-2012 - FONSI-NOI RROF Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (CDBG)
10-15-2012 - FONSI-NOI Maxcy Gregg Park Pool Renovation Project
10-08-2012 - 2013 -2014 CDBG Notice of Funds Available
08-31-2012 - FONSI-NOI Rosewood Housing Development Project
08-13-2012 - 2012 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment and 2011 CAPER Public Hearings
08-13-2012 - 2012 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment
03-11-2012 - Notice FY 2012 - 2013 Annual Action Plan Public Hearings
12-22-2011 - Substantial Amendment to 2011 Annual Action Plan - CDBG Budget Revision for Bellfield Center and P&R Community Building Projects
11-04-2011 - Notice of Funding Availability (CDBG) FY 2012-2013/Request for Applications
11-01-2011 - Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Request for Release of Funds (Bellfield Cultural Arts Center Renovations Project)
09-23-2011 - Substantial Amendment to 2011 Annual Action Plan - CDBG Funding Reduction
Community Development Bid