Columbia Housing Authority

201 Switzler Street
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri
(573) 443-2556

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

Columbia Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Columbia, Missouri. As of October 16th, 2018, 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.

Open Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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Other Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Boone County, Missouri 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 10/12/2018.

About Columbia Housing Authority

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

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.

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

About the Columbia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Columbia Housing Authority manages 1,567 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 971 6 14 117
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $519 $808 $732 $400
Monthly Cost $504,232 $4,846 $10,254 $46,748

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.


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