Columbia, Louisiana Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 140 income based apartments in Columbia where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 0 affordable apartments in Columbia that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Columbia, Louisiana

There is one Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list open in Columbia.

  • is currently open for new Section 8 applications.

Go to the Louisiana Section 8 Waiting Lists page for more openings near Columbia.

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Affordable Housing Near Columbia

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Public Housing Agencies Serving Columbia, Louisiana

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the Parish of Caldwell Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the Louisiana Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Columbia.

Columbia, Louisiana Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Columbia, Louisiana

Columbia features 140 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, Louisiana

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia, Louisiana

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, Louisiana for a two-bedroom apartment is between $799 and $977.

2023 Columbia, Louisiana 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, Louisiana Fair Market Rent $670 $675 $888 $1,081 $1,193
Columbia, Louisiana Payment Standard Range $603 to $737 $608 to $743 $799 to $977 $973 to $1,189 $1,074 to $1,312

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Columbia, LA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 140
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 140
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 20.56%
Average Renter Household Size 2.22
Average Household Size 2.12
Median Household Income $34,868 ±$6,191
Median Rent $533 ±$265
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 78.38% ± 61.82pp
Total Population 432

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia is a city in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana with a population of 432. There are 180 households in the city with an average household size of 2.12 persons. 20.56% of households in Columbia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia

The median gross income for households in Columbia is $34,868 a year, or $2,906 a month. The median rent for the city is $533 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 $1,777 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 78.38% 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 Caldwell Parish.

In Columbia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $54,000

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.
$13,590 $18,310 $23,030 $27,050 $29,250 $31,400 $33,550 $35,750
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.
$18,950 $21,650 $24,350 $27,050 $29,250 $31,400 $33,550 $35,750
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$30,350 $34,650 $39,000 $43,300 $46,800 $50,250 $53,700 $57,200