Columbus, Georgia Section 8 Voucher Waiting List opened on May 20, 2024 and will close on May 24, 2024.

Lorena Bentley

Analysis by Lorena Bentley

Last Updated: May, 20th 2024

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This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental housing assistance in Columbus, Georgia.

The Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia (HACG) is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from May 20, 2024 at 8:00 am, until May 24, 2024 at 4:00 pm ET. This is the first time the waiting list has been open since it closed in February, 2023.

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 Persons $24,700 | 5 Persons $38,100
  • 2 Persons $28,200 | 6 Persons $40,900
  • 3 Persons $31,750 | 7 Person $43,750
  • 4 Persons $35,250 | 8 Persons $46,550

This waiting list has the following preferences: 

  • First Priority: Families of federally declared disasters who are eligible for the program.
  • Second Priority: Families who are considered to be displaced if they are required to vacate housing as a result of federal, state, or local government action related to code enforcement, public improvement, or development programs. This includes families who have been Section 8 Project-based Voucher residents at properties converted to Section 8 housing assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (“RAD”) program and who were relocated to Public Housing or Project-based Rental Assistance as a result of improvements being made to those properties.
  • Third Priority: Families who are residing in a qualified census tract that is in a proposed redevelopment area.
  • Fourth Priority: Families who are residing in properties undergoing a Rental Assistance Demonstration conversion who are being displaced as a result of modernization activities and/or those that are at 60% and up to 80% Area Median Income and are considered over income for tax credit properties.
  • Fifth Priority: Families who are currently utilizing a project-based voucher and wish to convert it to a tenant-based voucher under the mobility option. HACG will use the Alternative Mobility option which allows up to 75% of the current year turnover of project-based vouchers to be converted to tenant-based vouchers.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

To apply while the waitlist is open, call (706) 571-2801 or (706) 571-2802 to complete an application, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

For more information, visit the HACG website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACG Public Notice on May 3, 2024.

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Columbus, Georgia Section 8 Voucher Application Methods

The application may be completed online at https://myportal.columbushousing.org/.

Columbus, Georgia Section 8 Voucher Applicant Preferences

Columbus, Georgia has preferences for: Displaced by Natural Disaster, Displaced by Government Action. Preferences are not required but Section 8 Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

Columbus, Georgia Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is managed by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia.

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia provides affordable housing for up to 4,137 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Harris County, Buena Vista, Columbus, Ellaville, West Point, Georgia.

What should I do after applying to the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How long will it take to get to the top of the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

The wait to reach the top of this waiting list will be different for everyone.

This waiting list has at least one preference, so those who qualify will have a shorter wait than those who don't. After sorting preferences, applicants are placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received by the housing authority. So applying soon after the waiting list opens will give you a shorter wait than those who wait to apply after you.

If you are closer to the top of the waiting list, your wait may be just weeks or months long. But if you're closer to the end of the waiting list, it could take years to reach the top.

How do I update my application for the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list that is open now?

You have a limited time to apply for a waiting list that is open now, before it closes on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority is accepting applications until the waiting list closes.

For the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

How is a Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher waiting list sorted by date and time?

A waiting list sorted by date and time orders applicants who are selected for the waiting list by the date and time the housing authority receives the application. Those who apply earlier will generally be placed higher on the waiting list.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia?

At the start of 2024, Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia was managing 3,914 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 2,936 households with a voucher. This represents 75% of the total voucher allotment for Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia.

According to HUD, there is a total of 7,332 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 2,936 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 2 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 323 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 11 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia.

Are there any Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 75% of its vouchers utilized by households with 25% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 979 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 3,914 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 households have children?

Of the 2,936 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia, 1,840 have at least one child. There are 39 two-parent households in the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia voucher program, and 1,800 single-parent households. There were 1,800 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 Voucher holders is $15,463 The average annual income per person is $6,523 The average voucher holder earns 27% of the local Area Median Income.

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 294 10%
$5,000 - $9,999 382 13%
$10,000 - $14,999 1,115 38%
$15,000 - $19,999 382 13%
$20,000+ 763 26%

What is the source of income for Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 1,213 (31%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 352 (9%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 2,270 (58%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $535 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $6,420. The program as a whole is paying landlords $1,570,760 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $18,849,120

How much does the average Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $395 per month or $4,740 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $1,159,720 per month, which is $13,916,640 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $930 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $163 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 homes?

Of the 3,914 households with a Section 8 voucher, 675 (23%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 1,027 (35%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 1,233 (42%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 30% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 households?

94% of Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

Racial/ethnic makeup of Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 tenants
Race Number of Households % of Households
Asian/Pacific Islander 0 0%
Black Non-Hispanic 2,730 93%
Native American/Alaskan 0 0%
White Non-Hispanic 176 6%
Black Hispanic 0 0%
White Hispanic 29 1%
Other Hispanic 0 0%

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 59 2%
25-50/td> 1,556 53%
51-61 528 18%
62-84 763 26%
85 or Older 29 1%