The Richland County Office of Community Development was created in 2002 to administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and the HOME Investment Grant funds. These funds come from 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% of the 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 these funds, 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 funds 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
A virtual public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, will allow residents to give input on how Richland County uses federal funding to aid low-to-moderate-income residents. The meeting will cover the County’s Annual Action Plan for fiscal year 2021-22.
This plan details activities funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
- CDBG funding includes support for Operation One Touch, which helps low- and moderate‐income residents with household repairs, as well as funding for Public Service Grants. For 2021-22, Richland County will receive $1,670,479 in CDBG funding.
- HOME funding includes support for the County’s Homeownership Assistance Program and Richland Rebuild, a housing rehabilitation program. The County will receive $744,186 in HOME funding.
The virtual hearing will be open to the public via Zoom. To attend, email a request for the meeting link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public can also submit public comments on the Annual Action Plan until July 28. Comments may be sent by:
- Mail: Richland County Government
Community Planning & Development Division
2020 Hampton St., P.O. Box 192, Columbia SC 29204
Attention: Sara Scheirer, Grants Manager
- Email: email@example.com
All comments received will be submitted to HUD. Find out more about the Annual Action Plan.