This Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) announces the availability of funding for the Program Year (PY) July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG Program authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, is funded and regulated (24 CFR, Part 570) at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered locally by the City of Columbia’s Community Development Department.
The City of Columbia is receiving applications from qualified entities to apply for funding under this Request for Applications (RFA). The primary objective is to fund projects and activities that principally benefit low-and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the elimination of slums and blight, or respond to an urgent need. Must be consistent with locally developed CDBG Program Priorities and address the City’s Consolidated Plan objectives.
The City of Columbia’s annual CDBG funding is calculated using HUD’s formula and varies from year to year; the funding amount is not predetermined. In FY2018-2019 we estimate $2,050,435 in CDBG revenue, ($949,114 in new entitlement, $650,000 in Program Income and $451,321 in Revolving Loan Fund). A total of $150,000 is available for Public Service Activities located in the defined redevelopment areas. $719,314 will be used for Non-Public Service activities designated for City redevelopment and infrastructure projects located within the prioritized redevelopment areas as defined by City Council during the 2017-2018 fiscal year and identified in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.
During the 2018-2019 funding cycle, applications for CDBG Program funding are available for the Public Service Category only. This NOFA/RFA is a one (1) year funding request.
The City of Columbia will hold a technical assistance workshop and can schedule individual technical assistance sessions to provide applicants sufficient assistance to submit competitive applications for funding. Applicants are required to attend the workshop as a condition of application submission. No application will be accepted from any organization that did not attend the technical assistance workshop.
November 28, 2017 @ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Eau Claire Print Building
3907 Ensor Ave
Columbia, SC 29203
This NOFA/RFA may be obtained online at http://www.columbiasc.net/communitydevelopment,OR visit the Community Development Department at 1225 Lady Street, Ste 102, Columbia, SC 29201. If you have any questions regarding this NOFA you may contact the Community Development Department at (803) 545-3373 or by email at CoCCommDevComplianc[email protected]
Speak Out 2017: A Conversation on Fair Housing - Affordability
The City of Columbia Community Development Dept. invites citizens and community leaders to discuss issues facing residents regarding affordable housing within the City.
Who: City of Columbia Community Development Department
What: Invites Citizens and Community Leaders to Attend a Free Breakfast Meeting/Conversation called “Speak Out!”
When: Thursday October 26th, 2017 at 8:30am
Where: Woodforest National Bank located at 3730 North Main Street, Columbia, SC
What Is Speak Out!?
Speak Out is a quarterly conversation surrounding issues of Equal Opportunity within our community. Each conversation has a focus and this conversation will focus on affordable housing within the city: what’s working and what could be and should be improved.
Who is invited to this event?
Anyone who has a stake in Equal Opportunity and Housing Affordability in our community is invited to Speak Out. Everyone deserves decent safe, decent and affordable housing. Where a person live affects many aspects of life, from grocery store options to employment opportunities and overall health and safety.
Why is the City hosting this event and why is the City hosting the Speak Out series?
The City of Columbia Community Development department is mandated to delve into issues that face our citizens so that we can better understand how we can be of assistance to the most vulnerable of us. The Speak Out series aims to tackle the Impediments to Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing that we have identified through a study that we perform periodically. We cannot best serve the community without exploring the needs of the community and for that we need Citizens input.
Upcoming Speak Out Events Include:
January 2018 – Poor Credit History PreventingHomeownership Opportunities
April 2018 – Concentration of Racial/Ethnic Segregation and Disability Discrimination
For more information about Speak Out! A Conversation on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity please contact the City of Columbia Community Development Department @ (803) 545-3373.