Federal Entitlement funds are granted through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and primarily benefit the low and moderate income population within the City of Columbia. In addition, the city received stimulus dollars though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program to provide a surge in the economy during this economic downturn.
Understanding the HUD Process
The City of Columbia is required by law every five years to prepare a Consolidated Plan to receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consolidated Plan combines in one report important information about Columbia's demographics and economic activity, as well as detailed information on the housing and job needs of its residents. The Plan also includes comments from the public received during public hearings, stakeholder meetings and in writing.