The Department of Community Development was established in 1981 to provide a wide array of services to Lawrence County. These services are ever expanding to include such activities as providing emergency rental assistance to homeless persons, working to provide economic development and job creation opportunities throughout the County, improving and expanding public infrastructure to the unserved and underserved areas in the County and performing the duties as the administering agent for various grants at the County and municipal level. The work performed by the Department either directly or indirectly touches the lives of nearly all of the residents of Lawrence County. The Department’s dedicated staff works directly with all levels of government, Local, State and Federal, to see projects from conception to completion assuring that all regulatory/policy requirements are met. In today’s world of ever-increasing needs for public assistance and the ever shrinking mechanisms to fund these needs, the department utilizes its knowledge and experience in dealing with project and service funding agencies to get the most out of each dollar granted to Lawrence County.