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Columbus Housing Authority

799 McClure Road
Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana 47201

Columbus Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 24th, 2020, Columbus Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Columbus Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Columbus Housing Authority serves Columbus.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Columbus Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Columbus Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Columbus Housing Authority Website: http://www.columbushome.net/.

Columbus Housing Authority Phone: (812) 378-0005.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if these waiting lists are still open. As of April 3, 2020, the Columbus Housing Authority website says:

"Columbus Housing Authority (CHA) is closed to in-person traffic due to COVID-19 concerns until 4/6/2020 (subject to change).  CHA is operating by email, phone, and other means of communication that do not require in-person contact."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Columbus Housing Authority Housing Choice 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Section 8 Housing Waiting List: Open

The current wait is approximately 12-18 months.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (812)378-0005.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/27/2018.

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 Public Housing Waiting List

The Columbus Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

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

There are two ways to obtain an application:
1. Request to have one mailed to you by calling 812-378-0005, during normal office hours.
2. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 799 McClure Rd., Columbus, IN 47201, during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above, or it can be faxed to 812-376-0194.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Columbus, or a veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at  http://www.columbushome.net/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 812-378-0005, during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (812)378-0005.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

About Columbus Housing Authority

More information about Columbus Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.columbushome.net/.

Representatives of Columbus Housing Authority may be available by phone at (812) 378-0005. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/24/2020, it is not known if Columbus Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Columbus Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Columbus Housing Authority manages 551 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard
Vouchers 551
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $369
Monthly Cost $203,420

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Columbus Housing Authority

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 18% having issued approximately 34 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.7 persons and has a household income of $13,030 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 23% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 73% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% 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.

31% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

14% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 9% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Columbus Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 40% include at least one person with a disability. 60% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

41% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 Columbus Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $352 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $513. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $131.



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 Columbus Housing Authority

Heritage Woods

222 Sycamore St
Columbus, Indiana