Affordable Housing In Columbia
Boone County, Missouri

24 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia

Sinclair Estates

1985 West Southampton Drive
Columbia, Missouri
Call For Rent
2 BR

Gentry Estates

4150 Bethel Street
Columbia, Missouri
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Patriot Place Apartments

2112 E Business Loop 70
Columbia, Missouri
Call For Rent
1 BR
Veterans Welcome

Bethel Ridge Estates ll

3850 Bethel St
Columbia, Missouri
$725
2 BR

Oak Towers

700 N Garth Ave
Columbia, Missouri

Stuart Parker Apartments

225 Unity Dr
Columbia, Missouri

Bear Creek Apartments

Elleta Boulevard
Columbia, Missouri

Lakewood Apartments

203 Anita Ct
Columbia, Missouri
Subsidized

Waterbrook Place

413 N Garth Ave
Columbia, Missouri
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Columbia Square Apartments

1801 W Worley St
Columbia, Missouri
Subsidized

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Columbia, Missouri

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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Columbia, Missouri

Housing Authority Programs
Columbia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Boone County Public Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia, Missouri

There are 24 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,813 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia, Missouri.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia, Missouri

Columbia features 836 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, Missouri

There are 923 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia, Missouri

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbia landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Columbia.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbia, Missouri for a two-bedroom apartment is between $790 and $966.

2022 Columbia, Missouri 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, Missouri Fair Market Rent $658 $718 $878 $1,177 $1,392
Columbia, Missouri Payment Standard Range $592 to $724 $646 to $790 $790 to $966 $1,059 to $1,295 $1,253 to $1,531

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia, MO Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 24
Total Low Income Apartments 1,813
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 836
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.31%
Average Renter Household Size 2.20
Average Household Size 2.36
Median Household Income $44,907 ±$2,063
Median Rent $799 ±$21
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.12% ± 3.01pp
Total Population 115,391

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia is a city in Boone County, Missouri with a population of 115,391. There are 45,024 households in the city with an average household size of 2.36 persons. 52.31% of households in Columbia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia

The median gross income for households in Columbia is $44,907 a year, or $3,742 a month. The median rent for the city is $799 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 $2,663 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.12% 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 Boone County.

In Columbia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $82,400

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.
$17,150 $19,600 $22,050 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
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.
$28,600 $32,700 $36,800 $40,850 $44,150 $47,400 $50,700 $53,950
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$45,750 $52,300 $58,850 $65,350 $70,600 $75,850 $81,050 $86,300