Columbia Housing Authority

1917 Harden Street
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina
(803) 254-3886

Columbia Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Columbia, South Carolina that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of December 19th, 2018, Columbia Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The General 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List will open on January 2nd, 2019. The Oak-Read and Marion Street Senior Public Housing Waiting List will open on January 2nd, 2019.

The Columbia Housing Authority also manages the Public Housing program for the Cayce Housing Authority.

Columbia Housing Authority serves Richland County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
General 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Open Soon
Oak-Read and Marion Street Senior Public Housing Open Soon
Richland County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed
Conventional 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Soon: General 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

Waiting List Summary

  • What: Public Housing Waiting List
  • When:  January 2nd, 2019  at 09:00 AM  ET - January 2nd, 2019 at 04:00 PM ET
  • How to Apply:  Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Date and Time
  • Preferences:  No Preferences.  Learn More About Preferences

Waiting List Details

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Public Housing waiting list for General 4 and 5-Bedroom units is opening soon for one day only, on January 2, 2019, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET. This waiting list will reopen on the first business day of each month until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the WHA website here. The application is available online only. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library.

There are no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (803) 254-3886.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (803) 254-3886.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/10/2018.

Open Soon: Oak-Read and Marion Street Senior Public Housing Waiting List

Waiting List Summary

  • What: Senior Public Housing Waiting List
  • When:  January 2nd, 2019  at 09:00 AM  ET - January 2nd, 2019 at 04:00 PM ET
  • How to Apply:  Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Not Known
  • Preferences:  Preferences Unconfirmed.  Learn More About Preferences

Waiting List Details

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Elderly Housing waiting list for Oak-Read and Marion Street high rises is opening soon for one day only, on January 2, 2019, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET. This waiting list will reopen on the first business day of each month until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the CHA website here. The application is available online only. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library.

For more information visit the CHA website or call (803) 254-3886.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (803) 254-3886.

Last Updated on 12/10/2018.

Other Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Richland County, South Carolina 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 two days in July 2016, and before that in September 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. One application was accepted per person.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (803) 254-3886.

Last Updated on 06/14/2017.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in May 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application on the CHA website.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (803) 254-3886.

Last Updated on 08/03/2018.

Closed: Conventional 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Public Housing waiting list for Conventional 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom units is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (803) 254-3886.

Last Updated on 02/02/2018.

About Columbia Housing Authority

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

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (803)-234-2625.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/19/2018, it is not known if Columbia Housing Authority is aborbing 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 Columbia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Columbia Housing Authority manages 3,461 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,669 57 140 65 364 94
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $576 $504 $594 $656 $476 $457
Monthly Cost $1,536,588 $28,737 $83,196 $42,614 $173,139 $42,946

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 15% having issued approximately 226 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $12,502 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 41% 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 51% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 11% 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.

58% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

95% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 94% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Columbia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 11% include at least one person with a disability. 19% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

16% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 50% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 $303 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $616. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $193.



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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