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Ways We Can Help

Meet new friends. Connect with services in the area. Find opportunities to grow, earn, and learn. The programs shown here are designed to help you and your family work toward self-sufficiency.

Resident Services Coordination

You have someone to turn to in your new neighborhood. Start with your Resident Services Coordinator. They will help you locate community agencies and services as you settle into your new home and continue to support you should questions or needs arise. The Resident Services Coordinator also publishes a monthly doormail telling you about upcoming events, activities, and other important information.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Realize your dreams by reaching your personal goals. When you enroll in this free program you’ll create a personal five-year plan to reach your goal of self-sufficiency.

Two Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinators are available to help you access services and training programs. They’ll also provide one-on-one support so that you get the tools you need to become self-sufficient. As your family 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.

Participation in this program is open to both Public Housing Residents and participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.  Contact your Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator to enroll.

Healthy Home Connections Program

The Healthy Home Connections Program can help you connect with community resources to achieve your family’s goals.  Family Support Specialists work with you to manage the struggles of everyday family life and pursue social, emotional, and financial well being.

Moving Ahead Youth Program

This high-quality, state-licensed, afterschool program in the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center provides an effective mix of one-on-one tutoring and fun cultural and physical activities for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The program operates Monday – Friday from 3:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. when Columbia Public Schools are in session. Some transportation is available.

Annie Fisher Food Pantry

A visit to the Annie Fisher Food Pantry located at 616 Park Avenue can help growing families in the neighborhood meet their nutritional needs. The food pantry is open every Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is stocked regularly with food from the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.

Money Smart Class

Understanding your personal banking practices and the proper use of credit loans can affect your financial goals for the future.  The FDIC Money Smart program is free program that is open to everyone wanting to manage their financial future. The program will provide you with a free credit report analysis and help you understand how to improve your credit and make a plan for home ownership.

The class meets on Mondays for two hours over a ten-week period. You can choose from a class that begins at 12:00 Noon or an evening class that begins at 6:30 p.m. The 20-hour curriculum covers everything from opening a checking account to obtaining a mortgage loan. Graduates receive a certificate qualifies them for the City of Columbia’s First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program. Persons participating in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program can also qualify for the HCV Home Ownership Program. Contact CHA Resident Services for more information on these and other home ownership programs and services.

Home Buyer Education Class

This 4-hour Pre-Home Buyer Education Class is designed for individuals who are ready to purchase a home.  Expert facilitators cover everything from improving your credit, how to pick a real estate agent, and applying for a home loan.

Participants receive a useful manual and a certificate which qualifies for the City of Columbia’s First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program. The cost is $10 per person.

Homeless Resources

A variety of health and human services are available in our community to assist homeless families and individuals meet their basic needs while they are working to become self-sufficient.  Many of these agencies also work directly with the Columbia Housing Authority to secure housing assistance combined with support services to enable families and individuals to live as independently as possible.

CHA Safety Department

Dedicated to keeping our properties safe, Columbia Housing Authority offers an onsite Safety Department that strives to ensure the safety of CHA’s residents. Our Safety Officers encourage residents to not only take pride in their housing community but to also report any suspicious occurrence that they may see on CHA property.

Creating and maintaining positive relationships with residents is an essential goal of the Safety Department. Columbia Housing Authority does everything possible to keep our properties clean, safe, enjoyable, drug, and crime free. If you have any questions regarding the trespass list or wish to discuss the health and safety of yourself or anyone else, please contact the CHA Safety Department.






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