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The Columbia Housing Authority

A public housing authority in Columbia, Missouri was originally proposed in 1950.

After five years of community debate, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce took the lead in supporting the successful City of Columbia referendum to establish a local housing authority.

Due to the leadership of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia City Council, and because of the backing of Columbia voters, the Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) was formally established in 1956.

A federal urban renewal grant provided money to replace dangerous and unsanitary residences in Columbia’s central city with safe and clean dwellings at rents which low-income persons could afford.

While housing authorities are legally independent of local government, strong and cooperative working relationships exist between CHA and the City of Columbia. The Cooperation Agreement between CHA and the City serves as the legal foundation for the relationship between the two entities.

CHA Low-Income Services

CHA Low-Income Services, Inc. (CHALIS), CHA’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was created to increase and diversify funding sources for the expansion of its Human Services programs and to promote family self-sufficiency and independent living for our residents. Donations to CHALIS are tax-deductible, and many grant funding opportunities are available to CHALIS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that are not available to public housing authorities.



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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