City Living

Living in the City of Sumter is about being part of a family - your Sumter family. Maintaining this family is an ongoing challenge and hard work for all. The City Administration is proud to provide quality services, facilities and infrastructure within the City limits. The City encourages the citizens of Sumter to help keep these services, facilities and infrastructure at their best by providing feed back through the Service Request System.



Locate your area of concern and let us hear from you. The City can only improve upon the needs of its people when it receives the requests or suggestions.



The City of Sumter continues to identify and prioritize repairs and the new construction of City property throughout the City limits.


Hearing from the community is an assistance the City encourages. Please find the category you are currently experiences difficulties or may have suggestions and respond to our Service Request System.


       Include resurfacing of city streets that are not owned by the State of South Carolina.

       Projects are designed to improve and clean the drainage system throughout the city.

       Projects are designed to improve and expand water system throughout the city.

       To improve recreational facilities (Parks) throughout the city for children as well as adults especially in

       low-moderate income areas.

        Include repairs and construction of sidewalks that are not owned by the State of South Carolina.



City Living is more than Streets and Buildings. City Living means opportunities in your community. From Downtown initiatives to programs available for all ages whether you are interested in youth programs, senior programs or even becoming an Entrepreneur.


Youth Programs

Two Federal Award Wining Programs that assist qualified youth with employment

  • Youth Corps - Ages 14 and 15 are hired to work in departments of the City
  • Youth Co-Op - Ages 16 and above and in High School are hired by local businesses throughout the Sumter Community.

Youth Working on Computer   Youth Working at KFC

The City of Sumter is accepting applications for its Summer Youth Employment Programs through May 6. Students ages 14-15 will work in city government and students age 16 through high school will work in the Co-Op Program for local businesses. Students must live in the city limits and meet income requirements set by HUD. Students should see their school guidance counselors for applications and income guidelines or pick up an application 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, from the Liberty Center, 12 W. Liberty St., Office H. Call Carolet Thomas at (803) 774-1652 or Clarence Gaines at (803) 774-1649.



Community Development

Clarence "CG" Gaines, Director

12 West Liberty Street, Liberty Center (Office H)

Post Office Box 1449

Sumter, SC 29151

(803) 774-1649




Hope Centers


Art Program To provide opportunities to youth in the NRSA and EZ areas to develop and improve their artistic skills at the Manning Avenue Free Art Studio.


Homeless Initiatives To provide assistance through United Ministries to the low-income population in the City.



To be eligible one must meet the following income guideline.

The guideline is based on the number of people living in a household:

Number of Persons Maximum Income
1 $24,450
2 $27,950
3 $31,450
4 $34,950
5 $37,750
6 $40,550
7 $43,350




Small Business Loans


Downtown Development Manager

Howie Owens

21 N. Main Street

Sumter, SC 29150



Loan Pool

The Downtown Sumter Board of Directors with the help of eight local banks, the City of Sumter, and Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments have developed a $2.5 million low-interest loan program to help spur economic development in Downtown Sumter. The Loan Program boundaries include: Calhoun Street south to Oakland Avenue and North Washington Street east to Harvin Street.