The Richland County Office of Community Development was created in 2002 to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Grant funding. These funds are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and primarily benefit the low- and moderate-income population of the unincorporated areas of Richland County. (Low and moderate income is defined as a family household income at or below 80 percent of median area income.) Click here for HUD income guidelines information.
Richland County Community Development (RCCD) is committed to improving the quality of life for all citizens. Our mission is to transform lives in partnership with the Richland County community through housing, education and revitalization to make a difference, one household at a time. We assist residents with:
- Homeowner Assistance
- Financial Empowerment
- Neighborhood Revitalization
Click here for a fact sheet highlighting Community Development's recent annual accomplishments.
In seven years, RCCD grew to administer up to seven federal grants totaling more than $5 million. With this funding, the office provides affordable housing programs such as housing rehabilitation, emergency housing repair, down payment/closing cost assistance, public improvements and a neighborhood revitalization program.
Richland County’s HOME and CDBG allocations fund projects only in the unincorporated areas of the County. Incorporated towns and cities (Forest Acres, Arcadia Lakes, the Town of Blythewood, the Town of Irmo and the Town of Eastover) may be eligible to receive similar funding from the State of South Carolina Community Development Block Grant Program. Residents living in the City of Columbia must contact the city's Community Development Office at 803-545-3373.
Below are direct links to various programs within the Community Development Department:
CLICK HERE to learn more about our Richland County Homeowner Assistance Program (RCHAP), a down payment assistance program.
NOTICE (NEW): Richland County’s down payment assistance program (RCHAP)
Days and times to turn in your applications are Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our Operation One Touch.
Richland County Community Development
Richland County Administration Building
2020 Hampton St., Suite 3063
Columbia, SC 29204
Main number: 803-576-2230
Fax number: 803-576-2052
Notices and Solicitations
Richland County Community Development
Community Development Block Grant/HOME Investment Partnership
Annual Action Plan 2021-2022
There will be a public hearing concerning the Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 regarding use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds totaling $1,670,479.00 and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds totaling $744,186.00 that has been awarded to Richland County from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Citizens, non-profits and other community partners and stakeholders are invited to attend the public hearing to provide comments about the use of these federal funds during FY 2021-2022.
Public comments will be received for a period of thirty (30) days concerning the Annual Action Plan. The comment period begins Friday, September 3, 2021 and will conclude on October 5, 2021. All comments received will be submitted to the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). By October 8, 2021, the plan will be submitted to HUD Columbia Field Office, 1835 Assembly Street, 13th Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.
Annual Action Plan
Outlines projects and activities planned with the intent to address the needs of low-to-moderate income persons and/or communities within Richland County. To view the Annual Action Plan click here.
Please assist by giving your input. Your virtual meeting opportunity to provide public comment is October 5, 2021 at 5:30pm. For an invite, please email request to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom meeting link.
Comments may also be mailed or emailed to:
Richland County Government
Community Planning & Development Division
2020 Hampton Street, PO BOX 192, Columbia SC 29204
Attention: Sara Scheirer, Grants Manager
Or email: email@example.com