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Affordable Housing In Columbia
Richland County, South Carolina

86 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia

Colony Apartments

3545 W Beltline Blvd
Columbia, South Carolina
Income Based
2 BR
Subsidized

Carriage House of Columbia Apartments

110 Amsterdam Drive
Columbia, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Grand Street Apartments

4301 Grand St
Columbia, South Carolina
$530-570
2 BR

Austin Woods

7648 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, South Carolina
$651
Studio-3 BR

Woods Edge Apartments

109 Hillpine Road
Columbia, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

River Oaks Apartments

5324 Bush River Rd
Columbia, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Gable Oaks

901 Colleton St
Columbia, South Carolina
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Prescott Manor Apartments

1601 Prescott Road
Columbia, South Carolina
Subsidized

Richland Village Apartments

1234 Universal Drive
Columbia, South Carolina
Subsidized

Pinehaven Villas Apartments

1400 Trinity Dr
Columbia, South Carolina
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Columbia

Housing Authority Programs
Columbia Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Moderate Rehabilitation

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia, South Carolina

There are 86 low income housing apartment communities offering 7,726 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia, South Carolina.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia features 5,131 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 Columbia, South Carolina

There are 2,595 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia, South Carolina

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbia landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Columbia.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbia, South Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $838 and $1,024.

2020 Columbia, South Carolina 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 $706 $818 $931 $1,204 $1,491
Payment Standard Range $635 to $777 $736 to $900 $838 to $1,024 $1,084 to $1,324 $1,342 to $1,640

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 86
Total Low Income Apartments 7,726
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 5,131
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 54.93%
Average Renter Household Size 2.27
Average Household Size 2.31
Median Household Income $41,260 ±$1,069
Median Rent $836 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.38% ± 2.5pp
Total Population 131,958

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia is a city in Richland County, South Carolina with a population of 131,958. There are 44,506 households in the city with an average household size of 2.31 persons. 54.93% of households in Columbia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia

The median gross income for households in Columbia is $41,260 a year, or $3,438 a month. The median rent for the city is $836 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbia, a household making less than $2,787 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.38% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia.

Area Median Income In Columbia

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 Columbia, the AMI is calculated from all households within Richland County.

In Columbia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $72,600

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

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 Columbia

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,300 $17,450 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $25,450 $29,050 $32,700 $36,300 $39,250 $42,150 $45,050 $47,950
80% of Median $40,700 $46,500 $52,300 $58,100 $62,750 $67,400 $72,050 $76,700