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 feedback. If you have a question, comment or concern, please click here to complete our online Customer Service Form.

Let us hear from you! The City can only improve upon the needs of its people when it receives the requests or suggestions.

Public Facilities & Improvements:

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. Some areas where the City may be of assistance are listed below. If you have a question or concern, please click here to complete our online Customer Service Form. 

  • Street Paving: Includes resurfacing of city streets that are not owned by the State of South Carolina
  • Drainage: Projects designed to improve and clean the drainage system throughout the city
  • Waterlines: Projects designed to improve and expand water system throughout the city
  • Recreation: Projects designed to improve recreational facilities and parks throughout the city, especially in low-moderate income areas
  • Sidewalks: Includes repairs and construction of sidewalks that are not owned by the State of South Carolina
Public Services

City Living is more than Streets and Buildings. City Living means opportunities in your community. From downtown initiatives to youth programs, senior programs or even becoming an entrepreneur, we have programs and opportunities available to people of all ages!

Youth Programs

Two Federal Award Wining Programs that assist qualified youth with employment

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

The City of Sumter is accepting applications for its Summer Youth Employment Programs from April 1, 2019 through May 3, 2019. 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 in-person at the Liberty Center located at 12 W. Liberty St., Office H. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Call Carolet Thomas at (803) 774-1652 or Clarence Gaines at (803) 774-1649 with questions regarding the application process for either of these programs.

Community Service Programs
  • Hope Centers: The purpose of the HOPE Centers is to "Harvest Opportunity and Promote Empowerment" through education, job training, cultural and recreational activities. Click here to learn more about the Hope Centers and to find one in your area.
  • 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

Eligibility: To be eligible one must meet the following income guideline (Note: this guideline is based on the number of people living in a household):


Number of PersonsMaximum Income


Small Business Loans


Howie Owens
Downtown Development Manager
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. Click here to learn more about the Loan Pool on our Downtown Development page.