Columbia, Maryland Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 1,245 income based apartments in Columbia where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 726 affordable apartments in Columbia that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Columbia, Maryland

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Columbia. Go to the Maryland Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Columbia.

St Matthew House

7261 Eden Brook Dr
Columbia, Maryland
Income Based
1 BR
Rent Assisted
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Forest Ridge Apartments

5866 Stevens Forest Road, Unit #2
Columbia, Maryland
Income Based
1-3 BR
Affordable

Orchard Crossing Apartments

4810 Circling Hunter Drive
Columbia, Maryland
$995-1,195
1-2 BR
Affordable

Columbia Commons

7601 Woodpark Ln
Columbia, Maryland
$1,275-1,999
1-3 BR
Affordable

Verona at Oakland Mills

9650 Whiteacre Rd Ste 4
Columbia, Maryland
$1,050-1,600
1-3 BR
Affordable

Shalom Square

6220-6080 Foreland Garth
Columbia, Maryland
Income Based
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Hickory Ridge Place

10799 Hickory Ridge Rd
Columbia, Maryland
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Owen Brown Place

7080 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, Maryland
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted

Park View at Snowden River

8610 Snowden River Pkwy
Columbia, Maryland
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Affordable

Robinson Overlook

7410 Grace Dr.
Columbia, Maryland
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
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Affordable Housing Near Columbia

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Public Housing Agencies Serving Columbia, Maryland

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
Howard County Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the Maryland Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Columbia.

Columbia, Maryland Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Columbia, Maryland

Columbia features 1,245 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, Maryland

There are 726 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia, Maryland

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbia landlords $1,400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $600 towards rent in Columbia.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbia, Maryland for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,393 and $1,703.

2023 Columbia, Maryland 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, Maryland Fair Market Rent $1,082 $1,254 $1,548 $2,009 $2,298
Columbia, Maryland Payment Standard Range $974 to $1,190 $1,129 to $1,379 $1,393 to $1,703 $1,808 to $2,210 $2,068 to $2,528

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia, MD Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 48
Total Low Income Apartments 1,971
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,245
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 33.74%
Average Renter Household Size 2.36
Average Household Size 2.57
Median Household Income $100,849 ±$2,411
Median Rent $1,585 ±$38
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 42.25% ± 3.85pp
Total Population 103,055

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia is a city in Howard County, Maryland with a population of 103,055. There are 39,893 households in the city with an average household size of 2.57 persons. 33.74% of households in Columbia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia

The median gross income for households in Columbia is $100,849 a year, or $8,404 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,585 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 $5,283 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 42.25% 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 Howard County.

In Columbia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $116,100

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.
$24,400 $27,900 $31,400 $34,850 $37,650 $40,450 $43,250 $46,630
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.
$40,650 $46,450 $52,250 $58,050 $62,700 $67,350 $72,000 $76,650
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$62,600 $71,550 $80,500 $89,400 $96,600 $103,750 $110,900 $118,050