Columbia Housing

1917 Harden Street
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina 29204

Columbia Housing is a housing authority 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 23rd, 2021, Columbia Housing has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

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 List Status
Lewis Scott Court and Cayce Housing Public Housing Open Soon
City of Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Columbia Housing Project-Based Voucher Closed
3, 4, and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
2-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
Oak-Read and Marion Street Senior Public Housing Closed
Lorick Place, Village at River's Edge, Four Seasons, Maybelle Court and Heyward Street Closed

Open Columbia Housing Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Columbia Housing Website: https://www.columbiahousingsc.org/.

Columbia Housing Phone: (803) 254-3886.

Open Soon: Lewis Scott Court and Cayce Housing Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Columbia Housing (CH) Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Lewis Scott Court and Cayce Housing is opening soon

The CH will accept applications for this waiting list for one day only on October 25, 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ET.

  • Lewis Scott Court, has 1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom units.
  • Cayce Housing, has 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom units.

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 $40,400
  • 2 Persons $46,200
  • 3 Persons $51,950
  • 4 Persons $57,700
  • 5 Persons $62,350

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

500 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery for the Lewis Scott Court wait list.

200 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery for the Cayce Housing wait list.

For more information, visit the CH website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CH public notice on September 22, 2021.

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 09/25/2021.

Other Columbia Housing Waiting Lists

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

How To Apply to the 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 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: 3, 4, and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Columbia Housing (CH) Public housing waiting list for 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 30, 2020, until October 2, 2020.

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

The maximum income limits for each household size were 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 were 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.

Last Updated on 06/10/2021.

Closed: 2-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Columbia Housing (CH) Public Housing waiting list for 2-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 9, 2021 until June 11, 2021. 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.

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

  • 1 person $40,400 | 5 Persons $62,350
  • 2 Persons $46,200 | 6 Persons $66,950
  • 3 Persons $51,950 | 7 Persons $71,550
  • 4 Persons $57,700 | 8 Persons $76,200

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

2000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the CH website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CH public notice on May 12, 2021.

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.

Last Updated on 06/18/2021.

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

How To Apply to the 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: Lorick Place, Village at River's Edge, Four Seasons, Maybelle Court and Heyward Street Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Columbia Housing (CH) waiting list for apartments at Lorick Place, Village at River's Edge, Four Seasons, Maybelle Court and Heyward Street is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 26, 2021, until July 28, 2021. 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.

200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery for Maybelle Court and Heyward Street, and 500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery for Lorick Place, Village at River's Edge and Four Seasons.

For more information, visit the CH website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CH public notice on July 30, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 09/16/2021.

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.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 10/23/2021, 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 3,828 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,965 78 247 34 345 85
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $656 $517 $646 $828 $496 $524
Monthly Cost $1,946,219 $40,325 $159,678 $28,140 $171,172 $44,533

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