Groups met in Columbia Wednesday to promote funding for two federal assistance programs; LIHEAP, or "Low Income Home Energy and Weatherization Assistance," and Clean Energy Grants (which include Weatherization Assistance Programs).
More homebuyers in Columbia are looking for new construction and starter homes as opposed to resale homes, according to local realtors, but the supply isn't there.
Columbia leaders will be on hand Thursday to officially break ground on the Lynn Street Cottages. The new housing development in central Columbia is managed by the Columbia Community Land Trust and it is being marketed as affordable housing.
A new policy by the Columbia Housing Authority will fine residents smoking indoors. The new fee went into effect yesterday.