The citizens of Columbia are encouraged to participate in the development of the Consolidated and Annual Actions Plans. To ensure that citizens are involved in an advisory role in (1) planning, (2) implementation and (3) assessment of Consolidated Plan Programs, the U.S. Department of HUD requires a written plan to show how citizens will be involved in the three areas cited. Community involvement in the Consolidated Plan Programs shall include, but is not limited to, public notices in the local newspapers, website postings, the public hearings process and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development (CAC). The composition of the CAC shall include persons from various neighborhoods and target project areas. City of Columbia Citizen Participation Plan
The Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development will meet at the beginning of each Community Development program year to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the Citizen Participation Plan, which will remain in effect until it is superseded by a new or revised plan. Columbia’s City Council has appointed a Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Community Development consisting of seven (7) members, one member appointed by each city council member and the mayor, who participates in an advisory role in planning, implementing and assessing the entitlement programs (CDBG, HOPWA, and HOPWA).