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Who We Are

The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA)

Founded in 1956, the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia, Missouri provides safe, healthy, and affordable housing to low-income families and individuals in Columbia and Boone County.

The Columbia Housing Authority is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of the City of Columbia.  The five Commissioners serve staggered four-year terms.

The Board of Commissioners holds monthly public meetings and is responsible for reviewing and approving the CHA Annual Plan, Five Year Plan, Operational and Capital Budgets, new programs, and operational policies which guide the organization. The Board of Commissioners hires and evaluates the Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations.

The CHA Board of Commissioners generally meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in CHA’s Administration Building, located at 201 Switzler Street.

The Agenda Packet for the meeting is generally posted on the Friday before each scheduled Board meeting.

CHA Low-Income Services, Inc. (CHALIS)

CHA Low-Income Services has been providing a complement of community-based programs and services to public housing residents and other low to moderate-income persons since 2003.

The CHA Board of Commissioners also serves as the governing body for CHALIS.

The CHALIS Board of Directors meets on an as needed basis directly following the CHA Board of Commissioners meetings.  These meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in CHA’s Administration Building, located at 201 Switzler Street.



Paquin Tower is accepting applications for apartments that will be available in October 2016. All apartments are newly renovated and fully accessible.
• Housing for Persons with a Disability or Elderly
• Completely Renovated Apartments
• Efficiency and 1 Bedroom Units Available.
• Income-Based Rent
• All Utilities Included
• Transportation Services Provided
• Computer Lab & Free WiFi in the Lobby
• Fitness Room
• Parks and Recreation Programs On-Site
• Adjacent to Paquin Park
• Close to Downtown and Campus
Apply now at: The Columbia Housing Authority
201 Switzler Street, Columbia
(573) 443-2556

You Should Know

CHA provides housing assistance to over 1,900 families in Columbia and Boone County.

Families pay 30% of their adjusted household income for rent.

Our Family Self-Sufficiency Programs help families develop five-year plans for self-sufficiency.

201 Switzler St.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 443-2556 phone
(573) 874-5161 TTY