About Columbia County Housing Authority

The Columbia County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

The Columbia County Housing Authority serves Columbia County, Bloomsburg, Benton, Catawissa and Millville.

Columbia County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Columbia County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

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

To apply for public housing, please follow this link to apply online.

Once the application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation number. Please write that number down for future reference.

This housing authority does have a preference for applicants that reside in Cumberland County.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://columbiacountyhousing.com/, or by calling 570-784-9373 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Columbia County Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.


About the Columbia County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Columbia County Housing Authority manages 348 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 346 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $362 $863
Monthly Cost $125,113 $1,726

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Columbia County 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 13% having issued approximately 27 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 1.8 persons and has a household income of $13,055 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 60% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% 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 78% 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, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 42% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 6% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

28% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 25% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

8% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 5% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Columbia County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 61% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 59% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

56% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 16% with 3 or more bedrooms. 8% 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 County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $313 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $469. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $186.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Columbia County Housing Authority

330 W 3rd St
Bloomsburg Elderly Housing is a 76 unit low income housing apartment community in Bloomsburg.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
308 Hillside Vlg
Hillside Village is a 50 unit low income housing apartment community in Catawissa.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
131 Main St
Riverview Point is a 65 unit low income housing apartment community in Catawissa.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units