Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

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

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia is a Public Housing Agency in Columbus, Georgia 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 October 19th, 2019, Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Project-Based Rental Assistance Waiting List is open indefinitely.

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

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
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

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section, and select an application labeled "Project Based Voucher" at the top of the page, and the "WHEN RETURNING YOUR APPLICATION(S)" link.

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.

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 05/17/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section, and select the "APPLICATION-FOR-AFFORDABLE-HOUSING.pdf" and "WHEN RETURNING YOUR APPLICATION(S)" links.

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

The following documents are required when applying: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Persons with disabilities or working families.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences. 

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 05/17/2019.

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

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section, and select an application labeled "Project Based Rental Assistance" at the top of the page, and the "WHEN RETURNING YOUR APPLICATION(S)" link.

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 05/17/2019.

Other Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Waiting Lists

Closed: Columbus, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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 before 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 were no preferences.

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

For more information, visit the HACG website.

Last Updated on 05/17/2019.

About Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

More information about Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia can be found on its website at http://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.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

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 most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia manages 3,309 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 28 105 2,256 39 36
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $344 $531 $456 $634 $369
Monthly Cost $9,618 $55,764 $1,028,076 $24,707 $13,270

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 Operated by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

B T Washington Apartments

445 5th Ave
Columbus, GA

Luther C. Wilson Homes

3400 8th Ave
Columbus, GA

Louis T. Chase Homes

1935 1st Ave
Columbus, GA

Elizabeth F. Canty Homes

1990 Cusseta Rd
Columbus, GA

E E Farley Homes

1901 Nina St
Columbus, GA