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The Community Empowerment Center (CEC) is a collaboration between the USC College of Social Work and the Columbia Housing Authority and is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The goal of the Community Empowerment Center is to work together with community residents to make Gonzalez Gardens and the Lyon Street communities safer, healthier places in which to live, work, pray, and play. The CEC is based on the belief that community members are the people who know best what the community’s