Affordable Housing In Columbia
Monroe County, Illinois

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia

Mccarron 2

120 Country Rdg
Columbia, Illinois

Columbia Apartments

403 N. Main
Columbia, Illinois
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Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia, Illinois

There are 2 low income housing apartment communities offering 19 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia, Illinois

Columbia features 17 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, Illinois

There are 2 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbia landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Columbia.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbia, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $852 and $1,042.

2022 Columbia, Illinois 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
Columbia, Illinois Fair Market Rent $689 $745 $947 $1,230 $1,449
Columbia, Illinois Payment Standard Range $620 to $758 $671 to $820 $852 to $1,042 $1,107 to $1,353 $1,304 to $1,594

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 19
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 17
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 21.9%
Average Renter Household Size 1.99
Average Household Size 2.45
Median Household Income $62,708 ±$5,365
Median Rent $776 ±$92
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 34.72% ± 15.02pp
Total Population 10,029

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia is a city in Monroe County, Illinois with a population of 10,029. There are 4,050 households in the city with an average household size of 2.45 persons. 21.9% of households in Columbia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia

The median gross income for households in Columbia is $62,708 a year, or $5,226 a month. The median rent for the city is $776 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbia, a household making less than $2,587 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 34.72% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia.

Area Median Income In Columbia

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.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Columbia, the AMI is calculated from all households within Monroe County.

In Columbia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $84,900

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

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,850 $20,400 $22,950 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,750 $34,000 $38,250 $42,450 $45,850 $49,250 $52,650 $56,050
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,550 $54,350 $61,150 $67,900 $73,350 $78,800 $84,200 $89,650