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.

Columbia Housing Authority serves Richland County.

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

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

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 here.

Last Updated on 01/29/2019.

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 here.

Last Updated on 01/29/2019.

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

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) General Public Housing waiting list for 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom units is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the CHA website here.

Last Updated on 01/29/2019.

Closed: General 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) General Public Housing waiting list for 4 and 5-Bedroom units is currently closed. It was last open for one day in March, 2019. 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 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 here.

Last Updated on 03/01/2019.

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

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) Elderly Housing waiting list for Oak-Read and Marion Street high rises is currently closed. It was last open for one day in March, 2019. 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 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 here.

Last Updated on 03/01/2019.

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 03/22/2019, it is not known if Columbia 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 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.


Public Housing Operated by Columbia Housing Authority

Waverly ( 5 ) Development

2210 Waverly St
Columbia, SC
HCV Welcome

Gonzales Gardens

2225 College St
Columbia, SC

Central Housing

1930 Marion St
Columbia, SC

Southeast Housing

1020 Slash Pine Ln
Columbia, SC

Northeast Housing

105 Rosewood Hills Dr
Columbia, SC