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


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

Please note: The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority covers Columbus, OH.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. It opened on September 9, 2015, and is open indefinitely. This waiting list was last open in May 2006.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. The online portal will be open 24 hours; 7 days a week.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Once the pre-application has been submitted, applicants can check their status by calling the waiting list status line at (614) 421-6180. A recording will also help guide applicants through the next steps of the process. This line will be open all hours.

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

According to this 10/6/15 news article, more than 24,000 people have applied since the waiting list reopened in September 2015. The CMHA issued 200 vouchers in October 2015.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (614) 421-6000. 

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update October 7th, 2015.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority CMHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications fat this time.

The CMHA offers 11 family Public Housing communities, and two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals. For a complete list of each community the CMHA offers, please follow this link.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (614) 421-6000.

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)

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