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Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

880 East 11th Ave
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio 43211

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Columbus, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of March 30th, 2020, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Columbus, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Columbus.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Columbus, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Closed

Open Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. As of March 16, 2020, many waiting lists that are already open have remained open, but those may become postponed as well, or submission instructions may be adjusted. 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.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.cmhanet.com/.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (614) 421-6000.

Open Until Further Notice: Columbus, Ohio 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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

Please note: The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority covers Columbus, OH.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. It opened on September 9, 2015, and is open indefinitely. This waiting list was last open in May 2006.

To apply, complete the online application here. The online portal will be open 24 hours; 7 days a week.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Once the pre-application has been submitted, applicants can check their status by calling the waiting list status line at (614) 421-6180. A recording will also help guide applicants through the next steps of the process. This line will be open all hours.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

According to this 10/6/15 news article, more than 24,000 people have applied since the waiting list reopened in September 2015. The CMHA issued 200 vouchers in October 2015.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (614) 421-6000. 

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (614)421-6000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/29/2018.

Other Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority CMHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications fat this time.

The CMHA offers 11 family Public Housing communities, and two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals. For a complete list of each community the CMHA offers, please follow this link.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (614) 421-6000.

Last Updated on 10/07/2015.

About Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

More information about Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cmhanet.com/.

Representatives of Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (614) 421-6000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/30/2020, it is not known if Columbus Metropolitan 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 Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 13,038 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 10,223 88 21 761 98 344 800
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $591 $639 $275 $573 $964 $525 $397
Monthly Cost $6,040,880 $56,260 $5,766 $436,366 $94,465 $180,500 $317,528

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Columbus Metropolitan 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 7% having issued approximately 1,781 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $11,841 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

45% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

79% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 78% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 91% 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, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $291 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $664. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $139.



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 Metropolitan Housing Authority

Chestnut Grove Apartments

831 Acorn Grove Dr
Blacklick, Ohio
Income Based-670
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Sunshine Terrace

272 S Gift St
Columbus, Ohio

Sawyer Manor and Towers

1055 Eton Grv
Columbus, Ohio

Trevitt Heights II

565 Trevitt St
Columbus, Ohio

Riverside Homes

230 McDowell St
Columbus, Ohio

Marion Square

1256 Marion Rd
Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Townhouses

2405 Agler Rd
Columbus, Ohio

Kenmore Square

1748 Kenmore Rd
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
2 BR

Indian Meadows

133 Buffalo Ct
Columbus, Ohio

Post Oak Station

3709 Post Oak Ct W
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Glenview Estates

4614 Grovedale Ct
Columbus, Ohio

Eastmoor Square

56 Alexander Ln
Columbus, Ohio

Thornwood Commons

1087 Leona Ave
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

The Meadows

4855 Pintail Creek Dr
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Family & Senior

New Village Place

945 Summit St
Columbus, Ohio

Rosewind

1105 E 13th Ave
Columbus, Ohio
Accepts Vouchers

Low Income Housing Managed by Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Jenkins Terrace

1100 E Broad St
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Worley Terrace

99 S Central Ave
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Avondale Senior Village

5215 Avery Rd
Dublin, Ohio
55+
Accepts Vouchers

Elim Manor

3200 Elim Manor Ct
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Legacy Pointe at Poindexter

1245 Mt. Vernon Ave
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Terrace Place

81 E 9th Ave
Columbus, Ohio
Referral Required
Accepts Vouchers