Affordable Housing In Columbia County
Pennsylvania

17 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia County

Bloom Mills Apartments

700 Sawmill Rd
Bloomsburg, PA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Riverview Point

131 Main St
Catawissa, PA
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Hillside Village

308 Hillside Village
Catawissa, PA
Subsidized

Bloomsburg Elderly Housing

330 W 3rd St
Bloomsburg, PA
Subsidized

Rosewood Apartments CO Interstate Real

100 Birch Pl
Berwick, PA

Central Court Apartments

160 Central Rd
Bloomsburg, PA
HCV Welcome

Town Park Village

107 N Vine St
Berwick, PA

Tenny Street Apartments

355 Tenny St
Bloomsburg, PA
HCV Welcome

Westminster Placeat Bloomsburg

100 Westminster Dr
Bloomsburg, PA
HCV Welcome

Phfa Mf - Franklin Place Apartments

Franklin St
Bloomsburg, PA
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Columbia County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia County, Pennsylvania

There are 17 low income housing apartment communities offering 585 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. Columbia County features 261 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 324 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia County, PA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 17
Total Low Income Apartments 585
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 261
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 29.56%
Average Renter Household Size 2.34
Average Household Size 2.40
Median Household Income $45,374 ±$2,104
Median Rent $707 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.32% ± 4.39pp
Total Population 66,912

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia County is a County in Pennsylvania with a population of 66,912. There are 26,178 households in the county with an average household size of 2.40 persons. 29.56% of households in Columbia County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia County

The median gross income for households in Columbia County is $45,374 a year, or $3,781 a month. The median rent for the county is $707 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbia County, a household making less than $2,357 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.32% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia County.1

Area Median Income In Columbia County

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.

In Columbia County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $65,700

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 County

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 Columbia County HUD Rental Assistance in Columbia County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $13,800 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,400
50% of Median $23,000 $26,300 $29,600 $32,850 $35,500 $38,150 $40,750 $43,400
80% of Median $36,800 $42,050 $47,300 $52,550 $56,800 $61,000 $65,200 $69,400
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Columbia County

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

From 1988 to 2011, 8 low income apartment communities containing 168 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Columbia County 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 Columbia County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,000 $26,300 $29,600 $32,850 $35,500 $38,150 $40,750 $43,400
60% of Median $27,600 $31,560 $35,520 $39,420 $42,600 $45,780 $48,900 $52,080

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 Columbia County is $35,520 a year, or $2,960 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,960 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $888 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% $575 $616 $740 $854 $954 $1,052
60% $690 $740 $888 $1,025 $1,145 $1,262
Fair Market Rents in Columbia County

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
$656 $660 $791 $986 $1,231

Cities In Columbia County

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City Listings Served By
Bloomsburg 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bloomsburg is the Columbia County Housing Authority.
Benton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Benton is the Columbia County Housing Authority.
Catawissa 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Catawissa is the Columbia County Housing Authority.
Millville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Millville is the Columbia County Housing Authority.
Media 0
Almedia 0
Aristes 0
Ashland 0
Beaver 0
Bentonship 0
Berwick 5
Briar Creek 0
Briar Creekship 0
Buckhorn 0
Catawissaship 0
Centralia 0
Cleveland 0
Conyngham 0
Espy 0
Eyers Grove 0
Fernville 0
Fishing Creek 0
Foundryville 0
Franklin 0
Greenwood 0
Hemlock 0
Iola 0
Jackson 0
Jamison City 0
Jerseytown 0
Jonestown 0
Lightstreet 0
Lime Ridge 0
Locust 0
Locustdale 0
Madison 0
Main 0
Mainville 0
Mifflin 0
Mifflinville 0
Montour 0
Mount Pleasant 0
North Centre 0
Numidia 0
Orange 0
Orangeville 0
Pine 0
Roaring Creek 0
Rohrsburg 0
Rupert 0
Scott 0
Slabtown 0
South Centre 0
Stillwater 0
Sugarloaf 0
Waller 0
Wilburton Number One 0
Wilburton Number Two 0