Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
880 East 11th Ave
Columbus, Franklin County, OH


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

According to a 2012 news story in The Columbus Dispatch, the Section 8 waiting list was expected to open in the Spring of 2012 but that opening was cancelled due to Federal budget cuts.

The last time the waiting list was opened was in May 2006 when thousands lined up at the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.  In fact, many lined up the night before.

The housing authority announced in October 2011 that it would be opening the waiting list in 2012 using an online application and random lottery system but that opening was cancelled.  At that time, the housing authority said it expected as many as 25,000 people to apply.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority reported in its 2012 Annual Plan that as of June 30, 2011, there were 4,200 families on the Section 8 waiting list.

The turnover in the program, the number of vouchers that come available each year, is about 75 vouchers per month, meaning that about 900 new applicants are chosen for a voucher each year.  At that pace, not counting annual list purges, the waiting list should be down to around 1,000 applicants.  If that's the case, we would expect the Columbus Section 8 waiting list to open by the end of 2015

About 42% of the households on the waiting list were single person households (1,762).  4.9% were elderly and 17% were disabled.  About 1,100, or 26%, of heads household were male and 3,100, or 74%, were female.  Eighteen percent (18%) of applicants on the waiting list were white and 78% African American while only 1% were Hispanic.

Almost a third of the households on the Columbus Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list in 2011 earned less than $5,000 per year while a full three quarters had earnings of less than $15,000 per year.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 48 projects which contain 2,205 affordable rental units. It also administers 12,996 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority 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 Extra Large, meaning it administers 10,000+ Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (15%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (85%) to that of all housing authorities in Ohio, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has a smaller 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 Ohio.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority scored an average of 89 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 97 in 2009 and a low score of 79 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Ohio is 82.91.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Ohio 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 20 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 77. The scores for properties managed by Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 49.

The highest scoring property in the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority portfolio is Waggoner Senior Housing and the lowest scoring property is Poindexter.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 85% of properties managed by Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority owns and manages 2205 public housing units in 48 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority is $228.00 compared to the state average of $233.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Ohio ranges from a low of $177.00 to a high of $376.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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 Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/1/12 Plan
2011 3/15/11 Plan
2010 12/29/09 Plan
2009 2/4/09 Plan
2008 1/29/08 Plan
2007 3/16/07 Plan
2006 12/17/05 Plan
2005 1/12/05 Plan
2004 1/16/04 Plan
2003 4/15/03 Plan
2001 8/7/01 Plan
2000 10/11/00 Plan


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Public Housing Size

Extra Large (10,000+)

Section 8 Size


Program Type

Find More in Columbus

Search Nearby Housing Authorities

Find More in Franklin County

Search Nearby Housing Authorities

Find More in Ohio

Search Nearby Housing Authorities