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Affordable Housing In Columbus
Franklin County, Ohio

290 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

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

Jenkins Terrace

1100 E Broad St
Columbus, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

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

There are 290 low income housing apartment communities offering 22,805 affordable apartments for rent in Columbus, Ohio.

Income Based Apartments in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus features 9,937 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 12,556 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 $893 and $1,091.

2020 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
Fair Market Rent $677 $794 $992 $1,262 $1,449
Payment Standard Range $609 to $745 $715 to $873 $893 to $1,091 $1,136 to $1,388 $1,304 to $1,594

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Columbus, OH Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 290
Total Low Income Apartments 22,805
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 9,937
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 $84,500

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,700 $20,200 $22,750 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $29,500 $33,700 $37,900 $42,100 $45,500 $48,850 $52,250 $55,600
80% of Median $47,150 $53,900 $60,650 $67,350 $72,750 $78,150 $83,550 $88,950