City of Columbia Community Development Recognizes National Month for Financial Literacy, Community Development and Fair Housing

National Financial Literacy Month

During April 2021, Financial Literacy Month, the City of Columbia will recommit to improving our financial literacy efforts and ensure all Columbia residents have access to trustworthy financial services and products; and each year the City of Columbia celebrates National Financial Literacy month by offering or supporting initiatives that promote and advances financial literacy education; and,

In April 2021, the Community Development Department’s financial education efforts includes our newest “Bank On Columbia” financial partner—First Horizon Bank by recognizing its Branch Vice-President, Miss Twanna Jones. First Horizon Bank will help provide affordable bank accounts to Columbia’s residents while educating them on the importance of financial literacy; and, 

The City of Columbia encourages our residents to re-connect with main-stream financial institutions.

National Community Development Week

This year, City of Columbia Office of Community Development recognizes Fast Forward Community Technology Center as our “Partner in Excellence” and Best Practice for their innovation and immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a CDBG partner, Fast Forward led the way in protecting clients in the office, expanding services to all people in need of virtual training in light of the Pandemic, and offering new and much needed virtual training to be able to continue to serve our community. Fast Froward also gained National recognition for their COVID Response from the United States Department of Labor VETS.

The City of Columbia urges Congress and the Administration to recognize the outstanding work being done locally and nationally by the Community Development Block Grant Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program by supporting funding for both programs in Fiscal Year 2021/2022; and encourages all members of the Midlands community to work together to stamp out housing discrimination.

National Fair Housing Month

Each April, HUD, local communities, fair housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country commemorate Fair Housing Month by hosting an array of activities that highlight HUD's fair housing enforcement efforts, enhance Americans’ awareness of their fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of ending housing discrimination.

Fair Housing Act’s 7 Protected Classes: