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Columbia Housing Authority

201 Switzler Street
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri 65203

Columbia Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Columbia, Missouri that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of April 9th, 2020, Columbia Housing Authority has 2 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.

Columbia Housing Authority serves Boone County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Boone County, Missouri Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Columbia Housing Authority Website: http://www.columbiaha.com/.

Columbia Housing Authority Phone: (573) 443-2556.

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: A map of all CHA communities can be found here.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Select the "Project Based Voucher Application" link under the section titled Newly Renovated Project-Based Voucher Properties.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Working, Elderly, Disabled, Honorably Discharged Veteran.

For more information, visit the CHA website here, or call the office at (573) 443-2556.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (573) 443-2556.

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 09/28/2018.

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 Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: A map of all CHA communities can be found here.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Select the "Public Housing Application" link under the section titled Public Housing and Future Renovations.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Working, Elderly, Disabled, Honorably Discharged Veteran.

For more information, visit the CHA website here, or call the office at (573) 443-2556.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (573) 443-2556.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/28/2018.

Other Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Boone County, Missouri Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in October, 2018; and before that for five days in June, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online.
  2. Pick up an application at the CHA office.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must have been hand delivered to the CHA office by October 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Working, Elderly, Disabled, Honorably Discharged Veteran.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CHA website here, or call the office at (573) 443-2556.

Last Updated on 12/08/2018.

About Columbia Housing Authority

More information about Columbia Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.columbiaha.com/.

Representatives of Columbia Housing Authority may be available by phone at (573) 443-2556. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:00am to 7:30pm CT.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-7:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am-7:30pm , 8:00am-7:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am-7:30pm
Thursday 8:00am-7:30pm
Friday 8:00am-7:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 09/28/2018, Columbia Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Columbia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Columbia Housing Authority manages 1,593 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 Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 876 5 13 124
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $518 $741 $994 $420
Monthly Cost $453,518 $3,704 $12,919 $52,032

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Columbia 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 27% having issued approximately 45 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $12,794 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 62% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

48% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

60% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 58% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Columbia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 Columbia Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $295 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $636. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $187.



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 Columbia Housing Authority

Paquin Towers

1201 Paquin St
Columbia, Missouri

Jessie Wrench

213 Unity Dr
Columbia, Missouri

Bear Creek

1000 Elleta Blvd
Columbia, Missouri

Low Income Housing Managed by Columbia Housing Authority

Oak Towers

700 N Garth Ave
Columbia, Missouri
Accepts Vouchers

Stuart Parker Apartments

225 Unity Dr
Columbia, Missouri
Accepts Vouchers

Bear Creek Apartments

Elleta Boulevard
Columbia, Missouri
Accepts Vouchers