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Affordable Housing In Columbus
Cherokee County, Kansas

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbus

Sek Housing for Handicapped

115 S Illinois Ave
Columbus, Kansas
Elderly Supportive Housing

Cherry Creek Townhomes

1201 E Merle Evans Dr
Columbus, Kansas

Countryside Acres

910 S Florida Ave
Columbus, Kansas

Park Place

600 Garfield St
Columbus, Kansas

Central Apartments

521 W Central St
Columbus, Kansas
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Housing Authorities that serve Columbus

Housing Authority Programs
Columbus Housing Authority Public Housing
Southeast Kansas Community Action Program Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Mainstream Voucher

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbus, Kansas

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 203 affordable apartments for rent in Columbus, Kansas.

Income Based Apartments in Columbus, Kansas

Columbus features 59 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 Columbus, Kansas

There are 144 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbus.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbus, Kansas

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbus, Kansas for a two-bedroom apartment is between $646 and $790.

2020 Columbus, Kansas 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 $527 $549 $718 $895 $992
Payment Standard Range $474 to $580 $494 to $604 $646 to $790 $806 to $985 $893 to $1,091

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Columbus, KS Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 203
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 59
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.09%
Average Renter Household Size 1.97
Average Household Size 2.16
Median Household Income $38,914 ±$5,166
Median Rent $560 ±$154
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.88% ± 14.79pp
Total Population 3,207

Population and Household Demographics

Columbus is a city in Cherokee County, Kansas with a population of 3,207. There are 1,461 households in the city with an average household size of 2.16 persons. 42.09% of households in Columbus are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbus

The median gross income for households in Columbus is $38,914 a year, or $3,243 a month. The median rent for the city is $560 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbus, a household making less than $1,867 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.88% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbus.

Area Median Income In Columbus

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 Columbus, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cherokee County.

In Columbus, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $56,300

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 Columbus

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 Columbus

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,600 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $42,650
50% of Median $22,650 $25,850 $29,100 $32,300 $34,900 $37,500 $40,100 $42,650
80% of Median $36,200 $41,400 $46,550 $51,700 $55,850 $60,000 $64,150 $68,250