PUBLIC NOTICE FOR
2020-2024 CDBG CONSOLIDATED PLAN, FY ANNUAL ACTION PLAN &
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD & PUBLIC HEARINGS
FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, SC
Notice is hereby given to residents of the City of Columbia that a draft version of the 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan is now available for review and comment for a 30-day period. The Five-Year Consolidated Plan includes the first program year of the Plan, the 2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP). During the comment period two Public Hearings will be held.
The Consolidated Plan is designed to help local jurisdictions such as Columbia to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. In the first year of the City’s 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, the 2020 AAP outlines proposed projects by the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.
The City will receive $1,040,310 in CDBG, $636,992 in HOME and $1,517,489 in HOPWA funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2020.
The comment period for the City’s 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, first program year 2020 Annual Action Plan runs from April 3, 2020 – May 4, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Public Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom:
Date/Time: April 8, 2020 @ 6pm
Or Telephone: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 922 915 542
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/a6PI7B6yw
Our Public Hearing will be held virtually during the April 21st City Council Meeting at 2pm (date and time subject to change). Login information for that Public Hearing can be found at https://columbiasc.gov/community-development/federal-entitlement.
30-Day Comment Period: The 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, the first program year AAP draft is available online at https://columbiasc.gov/community-development/federal-entitlement. For more information, phone (803) 545-3373.
Public Hearing: The public hearings will be to discuss housing and community development needs in the City. There will be discussion of federal CDBG, HOME & HOPWA money the City will receive for the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and first program year AAP activities as well as discussion of comments from the 30-day public comment period. The results of this meeting will be the basis for receiving input on community and housing development issues and developing the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and first program year AAP. Questions will be taken in real time and answered remotely and closed captions will be offered. For assistance with language services or for more information, phone (803) 545-3373.
Translation Assistance: The City of Columbia will make efforts to provide translation assistance for public meetings and program information. Please contact the Community Development Department (803) 545-3373 at least 48 hours in advance if translation assistance is needed for a public meeting. Closed captioning is available via the Zoom application.
Community Development is required, per HUD regulation, to create a Consolidated Action Plan every 5-years. This plan guides the City’s Community Development strategy, by identifying Priority Needs, through a thorough assessment of the City’s demographics, impediments to fair housing, market analysis and citizen input.
As part of the Citizen Input process, Community Development will hold one input meeting in each City Council District.