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 80% or below 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, the 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 costs assistance, public improvements and a neighborhood revitalization program.
Richland County’s HOME and CDBG allocation funds projects only in the unincorporated areas of the County. Incorporated towns and cities (Forest Acres, Arcadia Lakes, Town of Blythewood, Town of Irmo and 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 of Columbia’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 (RCHACP), a down payment assistance program.
EFFECTIVE: June 11, 2018
NOTICE: Richland County’s down payment assistance program (RCHAP)
Thank you for your ongoing interest in the Richland County Homeowner Assistance Program. As of June 11th, 2018 we will cease in taking applications temporarily for the down payment assistance program. If you have already been approved by RCCD in the form of an eligibility letter you may continue on with the process of becoming a new homeowner. (The orientations will still be available and you are encouraged to sign up.)
Please note, the program will not be terminated. We will resume at a later date in the calendar year. At that time we will resume taking applications on Mondays and Fridays during the hours of 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Please call 803-576-2044 if you have any questions.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our Homeowners Rehabilitation program.
NOTICE (NEW): DUE TO AN INCREASE IN ASSISTANCE FOR HOMEOWNER REHABILATION, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATION AT THIS TIME. WE WILL RESUME TAKING APPLICATION OCTOBER 31, 2018. Please contact Denise Teasdell at email@example.com or 803-576-2044 if you have any questions.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of Housing Rehabilitation pre-screening checklist.
Richland County Community Development
Richland County Administration Building
2020 Hampton Street, Suite 3063
Columbia, SC 29204
Main Number: 803-576-2230
Fax Number: 803-576-2052
Notices and Solicitations
NOFA-CDBG FY 18-19 (New)
To All Interested Agencies, Non-Profit Groups interested in applying for CDBG funds for the new FY 18-19, please click here.
To All Interested Agencies, Groups and Persons interested in the Community Development Block Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for single family housing and small rental rehabilitation (county-wide review), Please click here.
To All Interested Agencies, Groups and Persons interested in the Shakespeare Crossing Project, please click here.
Public Notice (New)
To All Interested Agencies, Groups and Persons interested in the 2017-2022 Five Year Consolidated Plan, please click here.
Effective 07/13/18: Richland County encourages your attendance at the 2018-2019 Richland County Annual Action Plan Public Hearing, please click here for the public notice.
Effective 12/12/17: Richland County encourages your attendance at the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) Public Hearing, please click here for the public notice.