Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

1180 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia 31906

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, Moving to Work, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of January 29th, 2022, Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

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

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Project-Based Rental Assistance Open Until Further Notice
Columbus, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Website: https://www.columbushousing.org/.

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Phone: (706) 571-2800.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application that is available online here. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section, and select the "RAD-PBV-application" and "Instructions when returning your application(s)" links.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Working, SSI, or Disability Income

For more information, visit the HACG website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (706) 571-2800.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 11/04/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period. print the application that is available online here. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section, and select the "Application For Affordable Housing" and "Instructions when returning your application(s)" links.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to one of the Public Housing properties on the days and times listed here.

For more information, visit the HACG website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (706) 571-2800.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/04/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Rental Assistance Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application that is available online here. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section, and select the "Section 8 Rental Assistance" and "Instructions when returning your application(s)" links.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to one of the offices listed here.

For more information, visit the HACG website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (706) 571-2800.

Last Updated on 11/04/2020.

Other Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Waiting Lists

Closed: Columbus, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia (HACG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day only in October 5, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to print the online paper application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: 

  • First Priority: Families of federally declared disasters who are eligible for the program.
  • Second Priority: Families who are considered to be displaced if they are required to vacate housing as a result of federal, state, or local government action related to code enforcement, public improvement, or development programs. This includes families who have been Section 8 Project-based Voucher residents at properties converted to Section 8 housing assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (“RAD”) program and who were relocated to Public Housing or Project-based Rental Assistance as a result of improvements being made to those properties.
  • Third Priority: Families who are residing in a qualified census tract that is in a proposed redevelopment area.
  • Fourth Priority: Families who are residing in properties undergoing a Rental Assistance Demonstration conversion who are being displaced as a result of modernization activities and/or those that are at 60% and up to 80% Area Median Income and are considered overincome for tax credit properties.
  • Fifth Priority: Families who are currently utilizing a project-based voucher and wish to convert it to a tenant-based voucher under the mobility option. HACG will use the Alternative Mobility option which allows up to 75% of the current year turnover of project-based vouchers to be converted to tenant-based vouchers.

500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACG website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACG on November 3, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Columbus, Georgia.

Last Updated on 11/04/2020.

About Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

More information about Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia can be found on its website at https://www.columbushousing.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia may be available by phone at (706) 571-2800. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of January 29th, 2022, it is not known if Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 05/17/2018, Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia manages 3,340 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Homeownership Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 21 121 2,277 29 49
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $346 $500 $469 $711 $374
Monthly Cost $7,270 $60,447 $1,067,904 $20,628 $18,309

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

B T Washington Apartments

445 5th Ave
Columbus, Georgia

Luther C. Wilson Homes

3400 8th Ave
Columbus, Georgia

Louis T. Chase Homes

1935 1st Ave
Columbus, Georgia

Elizabeth F. Canty Homes

1990 Cusseta Rd
Columbus, Georgia

E E Farley Homes

1901 Nina St
Columbus, Georgia

Brown Nicholson Terrace

1313 14th St
Columbus, Georgia

Newton Baker Village Gr

3610 Youmans St
Columbus, Georgia

Ashley Station

1040 Ashley Station Blvd
Columbus, Georgia

Warren Williams Homes

1101 Webster Ave
Columbus, Georgia

Low Income Housing Managed by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

Arbor Pointe Phase II Apartments

1331 Benning Dr
Columbus, Georgia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Willow Glen

2971 Buena Vista Road
Columbus, Georgia
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

E.J. Knight Apartments

3811 BAKER PLAZA DR
Columbus, Georgia
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Patriot Pointe

3725 CHAPMAN WAY
Columbus, Georgia

Columbus Commons

500 5TH AVE
Columbus, Georgia
Call For Rent
2 BR