Columbia County Housing Authority
700 Sawmill Road, Suite 101
Bloomsburg, Columbia County, PA


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Columbia County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Columbia County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 29th, 2015.

The Columbia County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers seven communities for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, please follow this link to apply online.

Once the application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation number. Please write that number down for future reference.

This housing authority does have a preference for applicants that reside in Cumberland County.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or by calling 570-784-9373 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Columbia County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 70 affordable rental units. It also administers 413 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Columbia County Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Columbia County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (14%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (86%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Columbia County 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 Pennsylvania.

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, Columbia County Housing Authority scored an average of 93 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 80 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Columbia County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Pennsylvania 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 Columbia County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 11/23/12 Plan
2011 1/10/11 Plan
2010 3/1/10 Plan
2008 12/17/07 Plan
2007 12/8/06 Plan
2006 12/16/05 Plan
2005 12/27/04 Plan
2004 1/30/04 Plan
2003 2/13/03 Plan
2002 2/14/02 Plan
2001 3/12/01 Plan
2000 10/11/00 Plan