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Resources for HCV Participants


Family Self Sufficiency
Realize your dreams by reaching your own personal goals. When you enroll in this free program you’ll create a personal five-year plan. Patricia Thompson, your personal Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator is available to help you access services and training programs. Patricia will also provide one-on-one support so that you get the tools you need to become self-sufficient. As your family earned income increases, any increase in rent payment you experience will be placed in an escrow (savings) account. The savings is yours upon completion of your goals. Use it to finish your education, buy a home, or start a small business. Contact Patricia Thompson, Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator learn more.


Homeownership Program
HCV Participants who have successfully navigated the steps to become a home owner may enroll in the HCV Homeownership program.  The HCV Homeownership program allows participants to utilize their voucher towards assistance with paying their monthly mortgage payment.  Participants must be financially able to obtain a mortgage loan using their own income, credit, and savings.  Homeownership program participants still must still abide by all HCV program policies. Contact Patricia Thompson, Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator, at 443-2556, Extension 7056 to learn more.


Home Buyer Education Class
The Home Buyer Education Class is a one time course that assists individuals in learning the home buying process.  The course includes real world professionals from the lending and real estate agent industries.  Participants in the home buyer education class receive a manual from NeighborWorks, a nationwide organization dedicated to educating home buyers.  The course is held monthly at the Activities and Recreation Center in Columbia.  A $10.00 charge covers the costs of the manual.  Successful completion of the course can qualify you for the City of Columbia’s Homeownership Assistance program, which offers up to a $5,000 forgivable loan to be used towards down payment and closing costs.  Visit the City of Columbia’s website to register or Email Gary Anspach today to sign up for the next available class.


Money Smart Program
Understand how banks and the use of credit can affect your goals for the future. The FDIC Money Smart program is free and open to the public and provides you with a free credit report analysis. The 20-hour curriculum covers everything from opening a checking account to obtaining a mortgage loan. Meet once a week for 10-weeks and receive a certificate which helps you qualify for the HCV Homeownership Program and the City of Columbia’s Neighborhood Stabilization home loan program. Call 573-443-2556, Extension 7017 to enroll.



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