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Getting Started with CHA

We want to make it simple and easy for landlords to participate in the CHA HCV Program.

CHA is not able to directly recommend voucher-holders to your vacancies, but we encourage you to advertise that HCV or Section 8 tenants are welcome to apply. You can list available with us on a weekly basis by emailing Gay Litteken, HCV Director at glitteken@columbiaha.com  or Marie Litchfield, Landlord Liasion at mlitchfield@columbiaha.com  Our goal is to answer any questions you have and make your participation in our program a positive experience for both you and the tenant.

If a tenant approaches you about accepting an HCV or Section 8 rental assistance voucher, there are four steps to follow.

Step 1: Screen the tenant to ensure you are making a good selection.

Step 2: Tenants with our vouchers will have a form to fill out called Request for Tenancy Approval. You should complete the landlord section of the form, along with the Disclosure of Lead-based Paint form. When the tenant submits both completed, signed forms to our office, we will contact you to schedule an inspection. We encourage you to submit the forms on behalf of the tenant, if you wish.

Step 3: We will inspect the unit to ensure that it meets HUD’s Housing Quality Standards. CHA requests that the landlord be present at the initial inspection. The utilities must be on and the unit must be ready for occupancy. The inspector will discuss any repairs that may be necessary with you.

Step 4: After your unit passes inspection, and the amount of rent you are charging has been approved, you and the tenant enter into an initial 12-month lease. When all of the final, signed documents have been received, we release payment to the landlord within two weeks and at the first of the month after that.

If this is your first tenant on the program, you will need to complete a W-9 and a Direct Deposit form.  If you have any questions in regard to this, please contact Sandi Epple at sepple@columbiaha.com

About Your Lease Agreement

  • Landlords use their own lease agreement and the same screening criteria that apply to any other applicants and tenants.
  • The lease should not be signed and dated until after CHA approves it.
  • The term of the initial lease will be a minimum of 12 months but your lease may automatically renew after the 12 months if you wish.

Announcements

NOW LEASING - BEAR CREEK APARTMENTS

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

www.columbiaha.com