Housing Assistance in Mid Missouri

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Why Should Landlords Participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)?

The HCV Program is a federally funded rental assistance program for low-income families, including elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. The program provides financial assistance for participants to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private rental market.
Property owners offer valuable housing options for qualified families. With federally funded rental assistance provided on their behalf, HCVP participants are able to locate housing, including single-family homes, doubles, townhouses and apartments.

The HCV Program is mutually beneficial. The participant benefits by finding quality affordable housing, while the landlord benefits by receiving guaranteed monthly Housing Assistance Payments (HAP).

Partnering with CMCA MMPHA Has Its Benefits!

MMPHA has developed a Landlord Incentive Program aimed at:

Incentive Program Facts

  • $500 Signing Bonus available until funds are depleted.
  •  Landlords can lease up multiple units.
  • Signing bonuses only apply to new HCVP participants.
  • Landlords and HCVP participants cannot be family members.

New Property Owner Requirements

  • Recorded Copy of Act of Sale/Deed
  • Valid Government-Issued ID
  • Property Management Agreement or Power of Attorney (If Applicable)
  • Social Security Card or IRS Registration
  • Valid W-9 Form
  • Voided Check for Direct Deposit
  • Articles of Incorporation (If Applicable)

For Information Contact

Central Missouri Community Action
Mid Missouri Public Housing Agency
573.443.8706, ext. 1050

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

cover of resource guideThe Housing Choice Voucher Program helps to pay a subsidy amount towards the rent for low-income persons, so they can live in a house, condo, duplex, townhome, apartment, or mobile home of their choice. 


To qualify for this program, rental units must meet the standards of health and safety, as determined by the Mid-Missouri Public Housing Agency (MMPHA).

How Does It Work? 

The housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord by MMPHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

*This program does not provide for emergency housing situations or needs.

To print a pre-application for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program, CLICK HERE.

For information on Section 8 in Boone County, visit ColumbiaHA.com.

For information on Section 8 in Audrain County, visit MexicoHA.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage counties are in the service area of MMPHA.

Columbia Housing Authority. The office is located at 201 Switzler St.

The amount of time spent on the waitlist varies between 9 months to 2 years.

Our Housing Choice Voucher inspections are based on Housing Quality Standards. The inspections that are done are based on these regulations.

No. The Section 8 waitlist moves by the time that the completed application is received.

Once it is determined that the applicant qualifies for Section 8 assistance, a voucher is issued for 60 days. A unit must be found and inspected within this time period.

Yes. HUD sets fair market rent according to the county and bedroom size. Section 8 cannot pay more than the maximum limit and can only pay the limit if the rent is reasonable according to the quality of the unit and the area that the unit is located.

All Section 8 leases are for an initial term of one year.

Yes. You may move your assistance within the MMPHA service area. Section 8 housing choice vouchers can be portable within the United States. Housing choice vouchers become portable if you can provide proof that you lived in the service area when you applied and after a full year’s participation in the program.

Yes. The income guidelines for Section 8 are such that it is possible to be working and still qualify for Section 8.

Recertification is performed once a tenant has participated in the Section 8 program for a year. If income changes before the end of the year, tenants are required to contact the MMPHA staff so interim recertification can be done to determine if there is a change in the amount of rent the tenant might pay.

The tenant’s share of rent is set according to their income, and in most cases, they will never pay more than 40% of their monthly income toward rent.

Contact Us for More Information or to Apply

Our office address:
800 N. Providence
Columbia, MO 65203

Phone: (573) 443-8706 ext. 1050
Fax: (573) 340-1513