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Affordable Housing In Columbia County

8 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia County

Lakewood Apartments

1198 SW Anniston Circle
Lake City, Florida
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Windsong Apartments

2580 SW Windsong Cir
Lake City, Florida
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Thornwood Terrace

1015 SW Thornwood Cir
Lake City, Florida
Accepts Vouchers

Carc Housing

286 SE Lochlynn Ter
Lake City, Florida
Elderly Supportive Housing

Cedar Park Apartments

377 NW Bascom Norris Dr
Lake City, Florida

Lake City Village

1461 SW Haygood Loop
Lake City, Florida

Lake City Villas

1344 SW Zesty Cir
Lake City, Florida

Lakewood II

905 NE Lake Desoto Cir
Lake City, Florida
Accepts Vouchers
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Housing Authorities that serve Columbia County

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Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia County, Florida

There are 8 low income housing apartment communities offering 654 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia County, Florida.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia County, Florida

Columbia County features 193 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Columbia County, Florida

There are 461 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia County, Florida

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbia County landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Columbia County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbia County, Florida for a two-bedroom apartment is between $791 and $967.

2020 Columbia County, Florida Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Fair Market Rent $651 $677 $879 $1,151 $1,191
Payment Standard Range $586 to $716 $609 to $745 $791 to $967 $1,036 to $1,266 $1,072 to $1,310

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Columbia County, FL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 654
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 193
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 28.64%
Average Renter Household Size 2.84
Average Household Size 2.66
Median Household Income $41,926 ±$1,816
Median Rent $780 ±$40
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.9% ± 4.45pp
Total Population 67,806

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia County is a county in Florida with a population of 67,806. There are 23,708 households in the county with an average household size of 2.66 persons. 28.64% of households in Columbia County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia County

The median gross income for households in Columbia County is $41,926 a year, or $3,494 a month. The median rent for the county is $780 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbia County, a household making less than $2,600 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.9% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia County.

Area Median Income In Columbia County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Columbia County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $55,200

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Columbia County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Columbia County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $12,760 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,250 $32,500 $34,750 $37,000
50% of Median $19,600 $22,400 $25,200 $28,000 $30,250 $32,500 $34,750 $37,000
80% of Median $31,400 $35,850 $40,350 $44,800 $48,400 $52,000 $55,600 $59,150

Cities In Columbia County

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City Served By
Five Points
Fort White
Lake City The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lake City is the Columbia County Housing Authority.