About Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Columbus, Georgia.

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia serves Harris County, West Point, Ellaville, Buena Vista and Columbus.

Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely


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.

Last Updated on 09/03/2015.

Columbus, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in January 2017; and prior to that for five days in May 2014, and in March 2009. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to call an HACG representative.

There are no preferences.

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

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

Last Updated on 01/27/2017.


About the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia manages 3,113 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Homeownership Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 29 124 2,196 43 33
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $322 $537 $452 $515 $328
Monthly Cost $9,339 $66,626 $992,573 $22,166 $10,809

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 13% having issued approximately 208 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $11,973 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 9% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 51% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

60% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 58% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

97% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 96% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 21% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 68% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 48% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia voucher holders in 2016 was $316 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $562. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $170.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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