Affordable Housing In Columbus
Franklin County, Ohio

293 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbus

Barnett Plaza Apartments

1400 Barnett Rd
Columbus, OH
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Riverlodge Apartments

360 Broad Meadows Blvd
Columbus, OH
$675-825
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Canterbury Way

650 Canterbury Way
Columbus, OH
Income Based
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Lincoln Green

165 Milton Ct
Columbus, OH
Income Based
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Carriage House of Columbus

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

Community Properties Of Ohio Management Services

910 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH
Call For Rent
Studio BR
Subsidized

Cassady Village Apartments

3089 Cassady Village Trail
Columbus, OH
$531-800
1-3 BR
Subsidized

The Residences at Career Gateway

755 E.Whittier Street
Columbus, OH
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Legacy Pointe at Poindexter

1245 Mt. Vernon Ave
Columbus, OH
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Fairwood Commons

1774 East Main St
Columbus, OH
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

There are 293 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 23,301 affordable apartments for rent in Columbus. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 10,433 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Columbus, HUD housing programs support 6,761 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 12,556 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Columbus

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 293
Total Low Income Apartments 23,301
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 10,433
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 54.6%
Average Renter Household Size 2.33
Total Population 824,663
Housing Units 334,724
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
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Columbus

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

From 1987 to 2012, 166 low income apartment communities containing 13,201 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Columbus 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 Columbus

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $27,300 $31,200 $35,100 $39,000 $42,150 $45,250 $48,400 $51,500
60% of Median $32,760 $37,440 $42,120 $46,800 $50,580 $54,300 $58,080 $61,800

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 Columbus is $42,120 a year, or $3,510 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,510 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,053 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% $683 $731 $878 $1,014 $1,131 $1,249
60% $819 $878 $1,053 $1,217 $1,358 $1,499
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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$643 $761 $957 $1,225 $1,424