Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Columbus, MS

Discover affordable housing in Columbus where there are 22+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Cypress Park

300 S Lehmberg Rd, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

bed 1-3

Falcon Lair Apartments

625 31st Ave. N.#153, Columbus, Mississippi 39705

bed 1-2

Trinity Place

300 Airline Rd, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

Greentree Apartments

500 Greentree Dr, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

Gateway Commons

213 Maxwell Ln, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

Fountain Square

80 Suffolk Drive, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

bed 3
payment $575/mo.

Colony House Apartments

2315 5th St N, Columbus, Mississippi 39705

bed 2
payment $900/mo.

2112 14th Ave N Unit D

2112 14th Ave N, Columbus, Mississippi 39701

bed 2
payment $650/mo.

College Square Apartments

416 11th St S, Columbus, Mississippi 39701

bed 2
payment $900/mo.

Columbus Gardens

1104 11th Ave S, Columbus, Mississippi 39701

Hargrove Estates

361 Hargrove Cir, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

Lowndes Properties II

75 Brisbane Dr, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

Providence Two

13 Providence Pl, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

Columbus Heights Subdivision

41 Kaye Dr, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

The Franklin Apartments

2301 5th St N, Columbus, Mississippi 39705

T.V. James

MLK Drive and 14th Ave, Columbus, Mississippi 39701

Shields Sims

1515 4th Street South, Columbus, Mississippi 39701

William Roberts Terrace

247 William Roberts Rd, Columbus, Mississippi 39702

William Washington

Sand Field, Columbus, Mississippi 39701

Columbus Colony Ltd

306 Bishop Circle, Columbus, Mississippi

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Columbus, Mississippi

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
Open Until Further Notice

Reported On February 23rd, 2024 by Nathan Brunet

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Columbus, Mississippi
$17.16/hour
$9.91 (+137%) more than Mississippi minimum wage and $9.91 (+137%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Columbus, Mississippi?

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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Columbus, Mississippi.
Operates the Public Housing programs for Columbus, Mississippi.

Go to the Mississippi Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Columbus.

How many renters live in Columbus, Mississippi?

The City of Columbus has 23,896 people living in 9,865 households.

There are 11,588 renters living in 5,302 renter households in this City. Renters make up 48.49 percent of the population living in Columbus.

What is the rental market like in Columbus, Mississippi?

There are an estimated 11,923 housing units in the Columbus area. Of these, 5,721 units are rental homes, making up 48 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Columbus, Mississippi, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Columbus?

The rental vacancy rate in Columbus is 5 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Columbus for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Columbus
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
142 730 1,948 2,063 391
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Columbus

A large number of apartments in Columbus have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Columbus are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 44 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 22 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Columbus

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $749 to $1,412. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $749
One BR $753
Two BR $906
Three BR $1,244
Four BR $1,412
2024 Fair Market Rents in Columbus, Mississippi

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Columbus?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 65 46 percent
One BR 491 67 percent
Two BR 1,141 59 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Columbus, Mississippi

How many affordable rental units are in Columbus?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Columbus, Mississippi including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 124
Public Housing 359
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 275
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 39
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Columbus, Mississippi

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Columbus, Mississippi

Columbus features 1,198 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, Mississippi

There are 489 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbus.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbus, Mississippi

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbus landlords $400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Columbus.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbus, Mississippi for a two-bedroom apartment is between $815 and $997.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.