COLUMBIA - The Department of Housing and Urban Development allocates money to Columbia under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and HOME grant. In 2012, Columbia reported the most recent allocation was $806,955 from CDBG and $463,000 from HOME grants.
According to Randy Cole who oversees the CDBG program, they are expecting a 5% decrease to both funds from the Feds. They could possibly have more if there is rollover money, but the actual dollar amount from the Feds is decreasing.
The Community Development Department accepts applications to fund projects for low-income households through April 30 at 5:00p.m. A pre-application workshop is Wednesday evening from 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. in the Mezzanine Conference Room in Columbia City Hall.
The funding applies to specific categories:
- Public improvements
- Public facilities and services
- Economic development
The funding is required to benefit low to moderate income households or eliminate blight.
Projects accepted into the program will become part of the City's Annual Plan for 2013 on a first come, first served basis once the application meets all the requirements. The Community Development Commission reviews the applications and estimates requirements.