Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia
1180 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Columbus, Muscogee County, GA

706-571-2800 http://www.columbushousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 16th, 2017.

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from January 23, 2017 at 8:00 am, until January 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm ET. It was last open for five days in May 2014, and prior to that in March 2009.


Please note: Applicants can only apply by telephone, and it is expected that the HACG will receive a large volume of calls during this opening. If you are unable to reach a representative, hang up and call the office again. Applicants may have to call back multiple times.

To apply during the opening period, call (706) 571-2829 or (706) 571-2863 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The following information is required: Address and phone number of the applicant; name, birth date, Social Security Number, race, and weekly or monthly income of all household members.


There are no preferences.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, read the HACG public notice, visit the HACG website, or call the office at (706) 571-2800.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update September 3rd, 2015.


The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The HACG offers 15 Public Housing communities with 1,692 units for families and senior/disabled households.

To apply, visit one of the following sites:

Columbus Office

1180 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Columbus, GA 31906

(706) 571-2873

Public Housing pre-applications are accepted Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m (closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT). 

Applicants must provide photo ID for anyone over the age of 18, proof of income, social security cards and birth certificates for all family members.

Buena Vista Office

120 Church Street

Buena Vista, GA 31803

(229) 649-9207

(706) 571-2930

Public Housing pre-applications for Buena Vista are accepted every Monday from of 9:30 am until 4:00 pm, and every second Thursday of the month, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.

Ellaville Office

26 West Buena Vista Street

Ellaville, GA 31806

(229) 937-5792
(706) 571-2930

Public Housing pre-applications for Ellaville are accepted every Wednesday, from 9:30 am until 3:30 p.m, and every second Thursday of the month, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Harris County Office

420 Copeland Avenue

Hamilton, GA 31811

(706) 628-4266
(706) 571-2930

Public Housing pre-applications for Harris County accepted in the Hamilton office every Tuesday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, and every fourth Thursday of the month, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

West Point Office

1201 East 12th Street

West Point, GA 31833

(706) 645-1202

Public Housing pre-applications for West Point are accepted every day, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the HACG website, or call the office at (706) 571-2800 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 15 projects which contain 1,692 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,333 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia between Public Housing Units (42%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (58%) to that of all housing authorities in Georgia, Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Georgia.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia scored an average of 92 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 74 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Georgia is 79.16.

Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia has an average score that is more than the average Georgia housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 8/18/11 Plan
2010 6/24/10 Plan
2009 8/26/09 Plan
2008 7/14/08 Plan
2007 7/13/07 Plan
2006 6/28/06 Plan
2005 7/12/05 Plan
2004 6/21/04 Plan
2003 7/3/03 Plan
2002 9/18/02 Plan
2001 7/5/01 Plan
2000 7/19/00 Plan