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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.



The CHA is accepting applications for the newly renovated Bear Creek Apartments.
• 1, 2, 3, & 4 Bedroom Units Available
• Modern Newly Renovated Units
• Rent Based on Income *
• Low Initial Security Deposit
• Energy Efficient & New Appliances
• Washer & Dryer Hookups
• Park & Laundry Facility
• Resident Services & Family Self-Sufficiency Programs
* Qualified applicants must be low-income.

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.

Contact Us

201 Switzler St.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 443-2556 phone
(800) 735-2966 TTY Relay