Affordable Housing In Columbus
292 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbus
Housing Authorities that serve Columbus
|Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbus, Ohio
There are 292 low income housing apartment communities offering 23,221 affordable apartments for rent in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus features 10,433 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 12,476 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbus.
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Columbus, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||292|
|Total Low Income Apartments||23,221|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||10,433|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||54.6%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.33|
|Average Household Size||2.40|
|Median Household Income||$45,659 ±$561|
|Median Rent||$833 ±$5|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||45.08% ± 1.07pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Columbus is a City in Franklin County, Ohio with a population of 824,663. There are 334,724 households in the city with an average household size of 2.40 persons. 54.6% of households in Columbus are renters.
Income and Rent Overburden in Columbus
The median gross income for households in Columbus is $45,659 a year, or $3,805 a month. The median rent for the city is $833 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbus, a household making less than $2,777 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.08% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbus.1
Area Median Income In Columbus
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 Columbus, the AMI is calculated from all households within Franklin County.
In Columbus, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $78,000
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 Columbus
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 Columbus HUD Rental Assistance in Columbus
|Income||1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% of Median||$16,400||$18,750||$21,330||$25,750||$30,170||$34,590||$39,010||$43,430|
|50% of Median||$27,300||$31,200||$35,100||$39,000||$42,150||$45,250||$48,400||$51,500|
|80% of Median||$43,700||$49,950||$56,200||$62,400||$67,400||$72,400||$77,400||$82,400|
Fair Market Rents in Columbus
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|