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The Columbia Housing Authority is in the process of trying to secure a 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the Columbia City Council will be backing them up. This tax credit will go towards renovating its 719 public housing units.

Columbia Housing Authority is asking for public comment about a new smoke-free policy for its units. 

Family Self-Sufficiency program receives grant

Oct 2, 2014
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COLUMBIA – The Columbia Housing Authority received a grant just shy of $103,000 for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

The grant pays for two full-time coordinators who help Section 8 housing recipients set goals, continue education and strengthen money management skills. Each Family Self-Sufficiency program participant signs a five year contract when they sign up for the program.

Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority said, “People have to be motivated to become self-sufficient.” The program is not mandatory, because it would not work otherwise.

Three organizations are discussing building a 4.2-acre campus for veterans in northeast Columbia.

City of Columbia brainstorms low income resolutions

Nov 14, 2013
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In a rapidly growing city like Columbia, it can be hard for everyone to find adequate housing to meet their needs. That's why Columbia organizations are coming together -- to formulate how they can help people understand their rights and secure safe housing.

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The Columbia Housing Authority’s policy will be updated to better comply with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of family. The CHA will define family as any individual or group living together.

This definition aims to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status.  Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, said the CHA has already based it’s program on the inclusive definition and the text change is just a formality.

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Columbia public housing residents are raising concerns about the Columbia Housing Authority’s plan to renovate current housing and add more units as part of its long-term strategic plan.

At a meeting Wednesday night hosted by Grass Roots Organizing, Columbia Public Housing CEO Phil Steinhaus discussed possible renovations to current public housing units as part of its plan.

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  • Columbia Housing Authority reform
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While debt is a problem that affects many Americans, Columbia Housing Authority is working to improve its repayment plans for residents.