Affordable Housing In Columbia County
Wisconsin

30 Low Income Apartment Communities In Columbia County

Pat Smith Elder Locke Manor

142 Henry Drive
Portage, WI
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Carriage Hill

195 Fuller St
Columbus, WI
Subsidized

West Side Apartments

403 W Stroud St
Randolph, WI
Subsidized

Riverwood Apartments

215 W Mullett St
Portage, WI
Subsidized

Wyona Lake Apartments

107 Columbus St
Wyocena, WI
Subsidized

Greenview

388 Holland Dr
Randolph, WI
Subsidized

Campus View Apartments

406 W Collins St
Portage, WI
Subsidized

Parkview Apartments

106 Gillette St
Pardeeville, WI
HCV Welcome

Pioneer Place IIi

238 W Seward St
Poynette, WI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Pioneer Place IV

298 Meadow Ln
Poynette, WI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Columbia County

Housing Authority Programs
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Columbia County, Wisconsin

There are 30 low income housing apartment communities offering 847 affordable apartments for rent in Columbia County, Wisconsin. Columbia County features 436 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 411 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Columbia County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Columbia County, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 30
Total Low Income Apartments 847
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 436
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 25.64%
Average Renter Household Size 2.15
Average Household Size 2.44
Median Household Income $59,769 ±$1,250
Median Rent $744 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 37.6% ± 4.26pp
Total Population 56,607

Population and Household Demographics

Columbia County is a County in Wisconsin with a population of 56,607. There are 22,615 households in the county with an average household size of 2.44 persons. 25.64% of households in Columbia County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Columbia County

The median gross income for households in Columbia County is $59,769 a year, or $4,981 a month. The median rent for the county is $744 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 $2,480 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 37.6% of households who rent are overburdened in Columbia County.1

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 $78,300

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 Columbia County 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 $16,450 $18,800 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $27,450 $31,350 $35,250 $39,150 $42,300 $45,450 $48,550 $51,700
80% of Median $43,900 $50,150 $56,400 $62,650 $67,700 $72,700 $77,700 $82,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Columbia County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1989 to 2002, 11 low income apartment communities containing 320 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Columbia County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Columbia County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $27,450 $31,350 $35,250 $39,150 $42,300 $45,450 $48,550 $51,700
60% of Median $32,940 $37,620 $42,300 $46,980 $50,760 $54,540 $58,260 $62,040

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Columbia County is $42,300 a year, or $3,525 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,525 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,058 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $686 $735 $881 $1,018 $1,136 $1,253
60% $824 $882 $1,058 $1,222 $1,364 $1,504
Fair Market Rents in Columbia County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$596 $695 $915 $1,296 $1,301

Cities In Columbia County

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City Listings Served By
Portage 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Portage is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Columbus 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbus is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Poynette 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Poynette is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Lodi 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lodi is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Fall River 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fall River is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Pardeeville 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pardeeville is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Cambria 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cambria is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Randolph 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Randolph is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Wyocena 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wyocena is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Caledonia 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Caledonia is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Columbia City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Columbia City is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Deer Island 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Deer Island is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Arlington 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arlington is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Courtland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Courtland is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Dekorra 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dekorra is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Doylestown 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Doylestown is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Fort Winnebago 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fort Winnebago is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Fountain Prairie 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fountain Prairie is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Friesland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Friesland is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Hampden 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hampden is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Lake Wisconsin 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lake Wisconsin is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Leeds 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Leeds is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Lewiston 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lewiston is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Lowville 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lowville is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Marcellon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Marcellon is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Newport 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Newport is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Otsego 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Otsego is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Pacific 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pacific is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Rio 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rio is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Scott 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Scott is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
Springvale 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Springvale is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.
West Point 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Point is the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc.