West Columbia, South Carolina Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 68 income based apartments in West Columbia where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 262 affordable apartments in West Columbia that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in West Columbia, South Carolina

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in West Columbia. Go to the South Carolina Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near West Columbia.

Sandwood Apartments, Inc

1151 Comanchee Triangle
West Columbia, South Carolina
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Asbury Arms

100 Asbury Lane
West Columbia, South Carolina
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Gentle Pines Apartments

566 N Brown St
West Columbia, South Carolina
Affordable

Westbridge Apartments

100 B Ave
West Columbia, South Carolina
Affordable
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Affordable Housing Near West Columbia

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City Apartments
Lexington, SC Affordable Housing programs support 15 apartment communities in Lexington.
Cayce, SC Affordable Housing programs support 8 apartment communities in Cayce.
Batesburg, SC Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Batesburg.
Irmo, SC Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Irmo.
Leesville, SC Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Leesville.

Public Housing Agencies Serving West 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.

Housing Authority Programs
Cayce Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher
Go to the South Carolina Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near West Columbia.

West Columbia, South Carolina Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in West Columbia, South Carolina

West Columbia features 68 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 West Columbia, South Carolina

There are 262 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in West Columbia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in West Columbia, South Carolina

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in West Columbia, South Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,013 and $1,238.

2023 West 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
West Columbia, South Carolina Fair Market Rent $944 $996 $1,125 $1,442 $1,724
West 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 AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

West Columbia, SC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 330
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 68
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.31%
Average Renter Household Size 2.24
Average Household Size 2.12
Median Household Income $41,230 ±$3,406
Median Rent $850 ±$40
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.35% ± 6.43pp
Total Population 15,757

Population and Household Demographics

West Columbia is a city in Lexington County, South Carolina with a population of 15,757. There are 7,365 households in the city with an average household size of 2.12 persons. 46.31% of households in West Columbia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in West Columbia

The median gross income for households in West Columbia is $41,230 a year, or $3,436 a month. The median rent for the city is $850 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In West Columbia, a household making less than $2,833 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.35% of households who rent are overburdened in West Columbia.

Area Median Income In West 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 West Columbia, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lexington County.

In West 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 West 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 West Columbia

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the West 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 West 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 West 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