Affordable Housing In Columbia
46 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia
Housing Authorities that serve Columbia
|Howard County Housing Commission||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia, Maryland
There are 46 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,023 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia, Maryland.
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 778 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 $1,238 and $1,514.
2020 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|
|Fair Market Rent||$897||$1,105||$1,376||$1,781||$2,037|
|Payment Standard Range||$807 to $987||$995 to $1,216||$1,238 to $1,514||$1,603 to $1,959||$1,833 to $2,241|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Columbia, MD Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||46|
|Total Low Income Apartments||2,023|
|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|
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 $104,000
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
|Income||1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% of Median||$21,850||$25,000||$28,100||$31,200||$33,700||$36,200||$39,640||$44,120|
|50% of Median||$36,400||$41,600||$46,800||$52,000||$56,200||$60,350||$64,500||$68,650|
|80% of Median||$54,950||$62,800||$70,650||$78,500||$84,800||$91,100||$97,350||$103,650|