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Programs & Services

 Public Housing Program

CHA operates and manages 719 Public Housing units

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

CHA administers 1,062 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers that allow families and individuals choose housing from the available rental housing stock in Columbia and Boone County.

CHA also has housing assistance vouchers that serve homeless and special high-risk populations.  Housing assistance through these programs is combined with supportive services.  Referrals for housing assistance are make through our partner agencies who provide the supportive serivces.

      • 70 Veterans Administration Supportive Housing Vouchers
      • 42 Shelter Plus Care Vouchers
      • 20 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Vouchers

The program is designed to achieve the following goals:

Provide improved living conditions for low-income families while maintaining rent payments at an affordable level.

Promote freedom of housing choice and integrate lower-income and minority families into mainstream society.

Provide an incentive to private owners to rent to lower-income families by offering timely assistance payments, a pool of families to select from, and regular inspections to ensure upkeep of the property.

This assistance is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program, formerly known as Section 8, was created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

Resident and Community Services

CHA offers Resident and Community Services that promote education, self-sufficiency, & independent living.


    • Children and Youth Succeed in School and in Life
    • Families Working Toward Self-Sufficiency
    • Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Living Independently

Community Partners

The Columbia Housing Authority has formed multiple partnerships with agencies and organizations throughout the community as well as state and federal agencies to fulfill our mission and achieve our goals.

To find out how you, your agency or organization can partner with CHA to help promote education, family self-sufficiency, and independent living click on the DONATE A GIFT tab.



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