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Affordable Housing In Columbia County
Washington

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia County, Washington

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia County, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Columbia County, Washington

Columbia County features 0 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 County, Washington

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Columbia County, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Columbia County landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Columbia County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Columbia County, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $934 and $1,142.

2021 Columbia County, Washington 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 $685 $788 $1,038 $1,298 $1,517
Payment Standard Range $617 to $754 $709 to $867 $934 to $1,142 $1,168 to $1,428 $1,365 to $1,669

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 0
Total Low Income Apartments 0
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 26.28%
Average Renter Household Size 2.26
Average Household Size 2.31
Median Household Income $38,581 ±$4,984
Median Rent $721 ±$39
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 57.34% ± 11.72pp
Total Population 3,989

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia County is a county in Washington with a population of 3,989. There are 1,686 households in the county with an average household size of 2.31 persons. 26.28% of households in Columbia County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia County

The median gross income for households in Columbia County is $38,581 a year, or $3,215 a month. The median rent for the county is $721 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Columbia County, a household making less than $2,403 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 57.34% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia County.

Area Median Income In Columbia 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 Columbia County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,300

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 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 Columbia County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,150 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $23,600 $26,950 $30,300 $33,650 $36,350 $39,050 $41,750 $44,450
80% of Median $37,700 $43,100 $48,500 $53,850 $58,200 $62,500 $66,800 $71,100

Cities In Columbia County

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