Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Columbia, SC

Discover affordable housing in Columbia where there are 128+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Grand Street Apartments

4301 Grand St, Columbia, South Carolina 29203

bed 2
payment $530-570/mo.

Woods Edge Apartments

109 Hillpine Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212

bed 1

Carriage House of Columbia Apartments

110 Amsterdam Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29210

bed 1-3

River Oaks Apartments

5324 Bush River Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29212

bed 1-3
accessibility Accessible

Colony Apartments

3545 W Beltline Blvd, Columbia, South Carolina 29203

bed 2

Gable Oaks

901 Colleton St, Columbia, South Carolina 29203

bed 1-3
accessibility Accessible

Arcadia Park

2400 Kneece Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29223

bed 1-3

Hillandale, Lp

525 Alcott Dr, Columbia, South Carolina 29203

Arrington Place

1734 Van Heise St, Columbia, South Carolina 29204

Deer Park

7225 Firelane Rd Ofc , Columbia, South Carolina 29223

switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
payment Subsidized
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
payment Income Based
accessibility Accessible

Austin Woods

7648 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29209

bed Studio-3
payment $651/mo.
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
payment Subsidized
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
payment Income Based
accessibility Accessible

Pinehaven Villas Apartments

1400 Trinity Dr, Columbia, South Carolina 29209

bed 1-3

Palmetto Terrace

3021 Howell Court, Columbia, South Carolina 29203

bed 1-3

Lakeside Apartments

401 Harbison Blvd, Columbia, South Carolina 29212

Madison Station

4020 Ulmer Rd , Columbia, South Carolina 29209

accessibility Accessible

Killian Terrace

508 Longtown Rd., Columbia, South Carolina 29229

bed 1-3
payment $610-1032/mo.

The Pointe at Elmwood

2325 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, South Carolina 29204

bed 1-3

Dove Place

150 Daphne Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29209

bed 2-3

Coopers Trace

1411 Lake Murray Blvd, Columbia, South Carolina 29212

Ahepa 284 - III

120 Jimmy Love Ln, Columbia, South Carolina 29212

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Columbia, South Carolina

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Columbia, South Carolina
$16.35 (+226%) more than South Carolina minimum wage and $16.35 (+226%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
Learn More About Columbia, South Carolina Affordable Housing ↓

What HUD offices serve Columbia, South Carolina?

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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation, Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) programs for Columbia, South Carolina.

Go to the South Carolina Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Columbia.

How many renters live in Columbia, South Carolina?

The City of Columbia has 139,343 people living in 54,570 households.

There are 59,977 renters living in 28,968 renter households in this City. Renters make up 43.04 percent of the population living in Columbia.

What is the rental market like in Columbia, South Carolina?

There are an estimated 62,487 housing units in the Columbia area. Of these, 32,534 units are rental homes, making up 52 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Columbia, South Carolina, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Columbia?

The rental vacancy rate in Columbia is 9 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

How many rental units are in Columbia for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Columbia
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
551 7,195 10,826 8,887 1,305
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Columbia

A large number of apartments in Columbia have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Columbia are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 54 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 34 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Columbia

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,036 to $1,917. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,036
One BR $1,110
Two BR $1,246
Three BR $1,595
Four BR $1,917
2024 Fair Market Rents in Columbia, South Carolina

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Columbia?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 452 82 percent
One BR 3,915 54 percent
Two BR 5,439 50 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Columbia, South Carolina

How many affordable rental units are in Columbia?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Columbia, South Carolina including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 2,798
Public Housing 1,118
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 1,765
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance 61
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 97
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 30
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Columbia, South Carolina

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia features 4,851 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 3,530 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 $1,121 and $1,371.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.