Community Development Needs Survey
Each year the City of Columbia receives federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) due to its population, demographics and available funding. The City estimates it will receive approximately $924,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $600,000 in HOME funds each of the next 5 years. These funds primarily benefit low to moderate income households, and can be used for affordable housing, economic development, community facilities and neighborhood infrastructure.

This survey is designed to collect public opinion regarding how the City should use funding in the area of Affordable Housing. This survey is voluntary, your answers will be kept confidential.

Please do not take this survey again if you have already completed it. Thank you for providing your valuable input!
Affordable Housing
Please rate the following areas based on level of need in your community (1=low, 2= medium, 3=high).
1. New affordable single family housing development for home ownership *
Low
High
2. Rehabilitation of existing housing for home ownership *
Low
High
3. Down payment assistance for home ownership *
Low
High
4. Construction of rental housing *
Low
High
5. Rental Vouchers (in addition to Section 8 and other local vouchers) *
Low
High
6. Rental housing for senior citizens *
Low
High
7. Accessibility improvements for elderly and persons with disabilities *
Low
High
8. Emergency homeless shelter *
Low
High
9. Housing for homeless individuals and families needing supportive services. *
Low
High
10. Transitional housing for homeless youth (for individuals less than 18 years old) *
Low
High
11. Fair housing (efforts to reduce discrimination in housing) *
Low
High
12. Lead-based hazard, mold and asbestos mitigation *
Low
High
13. Residential historic preservation *
Low
High
14. Energy efficiency improvements (insulation, air-sealing, equipment upgrades) *
Low
High
15. Residential solar improvements (installation of active solar) *
Low
High
Economic Development
Please rate the level of need for each economic development activities CDBG funds can support.
1. Vocational training (specific skill development for highly needed jobs in the community) *
Low
High
2. Commercial/industrial development or rehabilitation (a majority of the employees on these projects must be low to moderate income) *
Low
High
3. Business mentoring (assisting new businesses in planning and budgeting) *
Low
High
4. Façade and infrastructure improvements for businesses in lower income neighborhoods *
Low
High
Community Facilities
Please rate the following types of facilities CDBG funds should support with renovations, expansions or acquisitions based upon need.
1. Youth services (for individuals less than 18 years old) *
Low
High
2. Senior Services *
Low
High
3. Services for persons with disabilities *
Low
High
4. Employment services *
Low
High
5. Health services *
Low
High
Neighborhood Infrastructure and Revitalization
Please rate the following areas based on level of need in your community that should be supported by CDBG funds. (1=low, 2= medium, 3=high).
1. Trash and debris removal *
Low
High
2. Tree planting along streets (street “scaping”) *
Low
High
3. Community gardens *
Low
High
4. Code enforcement for the exterior of buildings *
Low
High
5. Demolition of dilapidated buildings (those in a state of disrepair or ruin) *
Low
High
6. Storm water improvements in low income neighborhoods *
Low
High
7. Sanitary sewer improvements in low income neighborhoods *
Low
High
8. Street improvements *
Low
High
9. Sidewalk improvements *
Low
High
10. Railroad crossing improvements *
Low
High
11. Parks and trails improvements *
Low
High
12. Bus shelters *
Low
High
Please tell us a little about yourself.
1. Which Columbia Ward do you live in? *
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2. What is your home address? (Optional*)The City will not use this information to contact you.)
Your answer
3. Are you of Spanish, Hispanic, or Latin origin?
4. What is your race? *
5. Do you live in a female headed household? *
6. What is your age? *
7. Is English the main language you use in the home? *
8. How many individuals live in your home? *
Your answer
9. What is your annual household income? *
10. Are you or anyone in your household a person with disabilities? *
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