Contact: CONTACT: Randall Cole
The City of Columbia's 5-year Consolidated Plan is a document required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and written by the City of Columbia's Office of Neighborhood Services. It is designed to help guide our community in directing federal dollars received in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, fair housing, community facilities and neighborhood needs. The consolidated planning process serves as an avenue for the public to weigh in on what are the most important community needs in Columbia. Multiple opportunities will be available over the next year for citizen input, including public hearings, special meetings and surveys. An important event to attend is the Neighborhood Congress on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), 1701 W. Ash St. Attendees will participate in a discussion involving community development needs and how to effectively use HUD funding. For more information, call (573) 874-6321 or visit www.gocolumbiamo.com and search "2015-2019 Consolidated Plan".
The Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS), part of the City of Columbia's Community Development Department, helps to strengthen neighborhoods through the licensing and inspection of rental properties, proactive code enforcement, volunteer programs and services, grant-supported housing and community development programs, and encouragement of public involvement with their neighborhoods. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/community_development/neighborhoods/index.php.