Affordable Housing In Columbia
Richland County, South Carolina

98 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia

Wardlaw Apartments

1003 Elmwood Ave
Columbia, South Carolina

T.S. Martin Homes

1810 Germany St
Columbia, South Carolina

Bay Berry Mews Manor

4019 Lester Dr
Columbia, South Carolina

Capital Heights

100 Cardamon Ct
Columbia, South Carolina

Bridgewood Apartments, Inc

2209 Percival Road
Columbia, South Carolina
Elderly Supportive Housing

The Rapids

1 Catawba Cir
Columbia, South Carolina

Richland County Funds Transfer

2020 Hampton St
Columbia, South Carolina

1016 - 1018 Oak Street

1016 Oak St
Columbia, South Carolina

Avalon Place Apartments

1030 Atlas Rd
Columbia, South Carolina

Celia Saxon I

1917 Harden St
Columbia, South Carolina

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Columbia, South Carolina

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 98 low income housing apartment communities offering 9,033 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia, South Carolina.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia features 5,536 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 3,497 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 $1,013 and $1,238.

2023 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
Columbia, South Carolina Fair Market Rent $944 $996 $1,125 $1,442 $1,724
Columbia, South Carolina Payment Standard Range $850 to $1,038 $896 to $1,096 $1,013 to $1,238 $1,298 to $1,586 $1,552 to $1,896

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Columbia, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 98
Total Low Income Apartments 9,033
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 5,536
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 $82,400

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,950 $19,400 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,250 $32,250 $36,300 $40,300 $43,550 $46,750 $50,000 $53,200
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Columbia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$45,150 $51,600 $58,050 $64,500 $69,700 $74,850 $80,000 $85,150