Affordable Housing In Columbia Heights
Anoka County, Minnesota

8 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia Heights

Columbia Village

1675 44th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Call For Rent
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Heights Manor

3850 Stinson Blvd
Columbia Heights, MN

Royce Place

1515 44th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Supportive Housing

Crest View Lutheran Home

4444 Reservoir Blvd NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Elderly Supportive Housing
Supportive Housing

Crest View on 42nd

900 42nd Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Supportive Housing

Columbia Heights Housing

840 41st Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN
HCV Welcome

Crest View on 42nd - Ruth's Way

900 42nd Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Supportive Housing

Royce Place - Ruth's Place

1515 44th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Supportive Housing
  • «
  • 1
  • »

Housing Authorities that serve Columbia Heights

Housing Authority Programs
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Columbia Heights Public Housing
Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia Heights, Minnesota

There are 8 low income housing apartment communities offering 378 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Columbia Heights features 247 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 22 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia Heights.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Columbia Heights, MN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 378
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 247
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.36%
Average Renter Household Size 2.46
Average Household Size 2.46
Median Household Income $47,717 ±$3,187
Median Rent $910 ±$72
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.79% ± 6.4pp
Total Population 19,632

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia Heights is a City in Anoka County, Minnesota with a population of 19,632. There are 7,918 households in the city with an average household size of 2.46 persons. 35.36% of households in Columbia Heights are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia Heights

The median gross income for households in Columbia Heights is $47,717 a year, or $3,976 a month. The median rent for the city is $910 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbia Heights, a household making less than $3,033 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.79% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia Heights.1

Area Median Income In Columbia Heights

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 Heights, the AMI is calculated from all households within Anoka County.

In Columbia Heights, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,000

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 Heights

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 Columbia Heights HUD Rental Assistance in Columbia Heights

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $21,000 $24,000 $27,000 $30,000 $32,400 $34,800 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $54,000 $58,000 $62,000 $66,000
80% of Median $52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Columbia Heights

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 2001 to 2001, 1 low income apartment communities containing 22 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Columbia Heights by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Columbia Heights

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $54,000 $58,000 $62,000 $66,000
60% of Median $42,000 $48,000 $54,000 $60,000 $64,800 $69,600 $74,400 $79,200

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Columbia Heights is $54,000 a year, or $4,500 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,500 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,350 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $875 $938 $1,125 $1,300 $1,450 $1,600
60% $1,050 $1,125 $1,350 $1,560 $1,740 $1,920
Fair Market Rents in Columbia Heights

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$820 $971 $1,214 $1,722 $2,025