Affordable Housing In Columbus
Franklin County, Ohio

300 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbus

Barnett Plaza Apartments

1400 Barnett Rd
Columbus, Ohio
Income Based
1-2 BR

Community Properties Of Ohio Management Services

910 E Broad St
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Riverlodge Apartments

360 Broad Meadows Blvd
Columbus, Ohio
1-3 BR

Monarch Manor Apartments

4373 Ruston Avenue
Columbus, Ohio
2 BR

Canterbury Way

650 Canterbury Way
Columbus, Ohio
Income Based
2-3 BR

Laurel Green

Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
1 BR

Lincoln Green

165 Milton Ct
Columbus, Ohio
Income Based
2-3 BR

Kenmore Square

1748 Kenmore Rd
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
2 BR

Post Oak Station

3709 Post Oak Ct W
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Carriage House of Columbus

3535 Derbyshire Dr
Columbus, Ohio
Income Based
1-3 BR
Market Rate

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Columbus, Ohio

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 Columbus, Ohio

Housing Authority Programs
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbus, Ohio

There are 300 low income housing apartment communities offering 23,532 affordable apartments for rent in Columbus, Ohio.

Income Based Apartments in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus features 10,238 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, Ohio

There are 12,750 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbus.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbus, Ohio

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbus landlords $700 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, Ohio for a two-bedroom apartment is between $929 and $1,135.

2022 Columbus, Ohio 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
Columbus, Ohio Fair Market Rent $730 $829 $1,032 $1,281 $1,426
Columbus, Ohio Payment Standard Range $657 to $803 $746 to $912 $929 to $1,135 $1,153 to $1,409 $1,283 to $1,569

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Columbus, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 300
Total Low Income Apartments 23,532
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 10,238
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
Total Population 824,663

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.

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 $83,800

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Columbus

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Columbus AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,650 $20,150 $22,650 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Columbus AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$29,350 $33,550 $37,750 $41,900 $45,300 $48,650 $52,000 $55,350
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Columbus AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$46,950 $53,650 $60,350 $67,050 $72,450 $77,800 $83,150 $88,550