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Columbia Housing

1917 Harden Street
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina 29204

Columbia Housing is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Moderate Rehabilitation programs. As of October 1st, 2020, Columbia Housing has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on October 2nd, 2020.

Columbia Housing serves Richland County.

Columbia Housing was previously known as the Columbia Housing Authority.

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

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Now
City of Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed
Oak-Read and Marion Street Senior Public Housing Closed
Four Seasons Apartments Moderate Rehabilitation Closed
Lorick Place Apartments Project-Based Closed

Open Columbia Housing Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. 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, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

COVID-19 Update: As of June 22, 2020, the Columbia Housing website says:

"The safety and well-being of our residents and staff are among our highest priorities. Below is a timeline of action steps Columbia Housing has taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update our action steps following recommendations from local, state, and national public health officials."

More coronavirus information can be found here.

Open Now: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Columbia Housing (CH) Public housing waiting list for 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from September 30, 2020 at 9:00 am, until October 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available here.

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 person $25,450 | 5 Persons $39,250
  • 2 Persons $29,050 | 6 Persons $42,150
  • 3 Persons $32,700 | 7 Persons $45,050
  • 4 Persons $36,300 | 8 Persons $47,950

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

2000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CH website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CH public notice, as of September 3, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Richland County, South Carolina. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

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 09/30/2020.

Other Columbia Housing Waiting Lists

Closed: City of Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Columbia Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from December 18, 2019, until December 20, 2019. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

3,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the Columbia Housing website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Columbia Housing website, as of December 5, 2019.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in City of Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina.

Last Updated on 06/22/2020.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Columbia Housing waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments 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 Columbia Housing website.

Last Updated on 06/22/2020.

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

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Columbia Housing waiting list for Elderly Housing apartments at Oak-Read and Marion Street high rises is currently closed. It was last open on the first business day of each month from March, 2018 until June, 2019. 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.

For more information, visit the Columbia Housing website.

Last Updated on 06/22/2020.

Closed: Four Seasons Apartments Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Columbia Housing waiting list for 2-Bedroom Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod-Rehab) apartments at Four Seasons Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 23, 2020, until June 26, 2020. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the Columbia Housing website.

Sources: This information was verified by Columbia Housing, as of June 22, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Columbia, South Carolina.

Last Updated on 06/26/2020.

Closed: Lorick Place Apartments Project-Based Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Columbia Housing Project-Based waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Lorick Place Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 14, 2020 at 9:00 am, until September 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

300 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, read the Columbia Housing public notice, or visit the Columbia Housing website.

Sources: This information was verified by Columbia Housing, as of September 14, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Columbia, South Carolina.

Last Updated on 09/15/2020.

About Columbia Housing

More information about Columbia Housing can be found on its website at https://www.columbiahousingsc.org/.

Representatives of Columbia Housing may be available by phone at (803) 254-3886. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

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 10/01/2020, it is not known if Columbia Housing 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 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Columbia Housing manages 3,750 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,860 61 254 44 361 90
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $597 $431 $610 $498 $444 $487
Monthly Cost $1,706,498 $26,294 $154,908 $21,911 $160,306 $43,810

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Columbia Housing

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 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 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 Apartments Operated by Columbia Housing

Waverly ( 5 ) Development

2210 Waverly St
Columbia, South Carolina

Gonzales Gardens

2225 College St
Columbia, South Carolina

Central Housing

1930 Marion St
Columbia, South Carolina

Southeast Housing

1020 Slash Pine Ln
Columbia, South Carolina

Northeast Housing

105 Rosewood Hills Dr
Columbia, South Carolina

Single Family West

109 Crane Creek Dr
Columbia, South Carolina

Scattered Sites

3834 Overbrook Dr
Columbia, South Carolina

Low Income Housing Managed by Columbia Housing

Lorick Place Apartments

3800 West Ave
Columbia, South Carolina
Subsidized