Affordable Housing In Richland County
South Carolina

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87 Low Income Apartment Communities In Richland County

Palmetto Terrace

3021 Howell Court
Columbia, South Carolina
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

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
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

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Richland County, 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 Richland County, 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 Richland County, South Carolina

There are 87 low income housing apartment communities offering 7,760 affordable apartments for rent in Richland County, South Carolina.

Income Based Apartments in Richland County, South Carolina

Richland County features 5,195 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 Richland County, South Carolina

There are 2,565 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Richland County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Richland County, South Carolina

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Richland County, South Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $891 and $1,089.

2022 Richland County, 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
Richland County, South Carolina Fair Market Rent $834 $869 $990 $1,268 $1,531
Richland County, South Carolina Payment Standard Range $751 to $917 $782 to $956 $891 to $1,089 $1,141 to $1,395 $1,378 to $1,684

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Richland County, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 87
Total Low Income Apartments 7,760
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 5,195
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.74%
Average Renter Household Size 2.46
Average Household Size 2.53
Median Household Income $49,131 ±$1,255
Median Rent $875 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.36% ± 1.73pp
Total Population 397,899

Population and Household Demographics

Richland County is a county in South Carolina with a population of 397,899. There are 145,069 households in the county with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 40.74% of households in Richland County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Richland County

The median gross income for households in Richland County is $49,131 a year, or $4,094 a month. The median rent for the county is $875 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Richland County, a household making less than $2,917 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.36% of households who rent are overburdened in Richland County.

Area Median Income In Richland 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 Richland County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $72,100

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 Richland 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Richland County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Richland County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,200 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Richland County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,250 $28,850 $32,450 $36,050 $38,950 $41,850 $44,750 $47,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Richland County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$40,400 $46,200 $51,950 $57,700 $62,350 $66,950 $71,550 $76,200

Cities In Richland County

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City Served By
Arcadia Lakes The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arcadia Lakes is the Columbia Housing.
Columbia The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbia is the Columbia Housing.
Dentsville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dentsville is the Columbia Housing.
Eastover The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Eastover is the Columbia Housing.
Forest Acres The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Forest Acres is the Columbia Housing.
Gadsden The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Gadsden is the Columbia Housing.
Hopkins The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hopkins is the Columbia Housing.
Lake Murray of Richland The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lake Murray of Richland is the Columbia Housing.
St. Andrews The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Andrews is the Columbia Housing.
Woodfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Woodfield is the Columbia Housing.