The Community Development Program provides communities with a flexible housing and community development resource that can be used to address locally identified needs that are eligible Community Development Block Grant activities and qualify under the national objective of Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Benefit or Elimination of Slum and Blight. The program includes competitive set-aside funding for Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Revitalization and Critical Infrastructure.
Community Development Block Grant funds are awarded to Richland County, and have been administered by the Planning Commission for nearly 30 years. This program has funded over 8 million dollars in community projects to benefit the low and moderate-income population of the region. The allocation in recent years has been around $150,000.