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Housing

Programs

Brighter Days Housing

Brighter Days is a homeless Shelter for men and women experiencing temporary homelessness. This shelter is provided by the Columbus Township Trustee and operated by Love Chapel.

Location

Address

421 S Mapleton Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 344-4512

Hours

Shelter Intake 6pm-9pm daily

Eligibility

Bartholomew County men and women, age 18+, who are homeless

Intake Procedure

Call or walk-in for an assessment

What To Bring

Photo ID; proof of residency from last 30 days

Fees

Additional Languages

Love Chapel

812-372-9421

292 Center Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Columbus Housing Improvement Program

The Columbus Housing Improvement Program, administered by the City of Columbus, offers funding for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes. This program provides financial assistance for repairs including roof replacement, HVAC upgrades, and aging-in-place improvements such as accessible bathrooms, improved lighting, ramps, and other accessibility modifications.

Location

City of Columbus

Address

748 Franklin Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 376-9949

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Eligibility

Available for single-family owner-occupied homes within the city limits of Columbus. To be eligible, homes must be insured, not located within a 100-year floodplain, and property taxes must be current. They should also be in compliance with city ordinances and be permanent units with foundations (most mobile homes are not eligible). Additionally, homes being purchased on contract are not eligible for the program. Applicants must meet income guidelines provided by HUD to qualify.

Intake Procedure

Call to request application or print from website.

What To Bring

Application, verification of assets/mortgage/homeowners insurance/all income, copy of deed/current paid property tax receipts

Fees

Additional Languages

City of Columbus

812-376-2500

123 Washington Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Cooling Center

Extreme hot temperatures can pose a serious threat to health and safety, especially to vulnerable populations.
Cooling stations are a cool facility where individuals without air conditioning can go and cool down.

Location

Hope Public Library

Address

635 Harrison Street

Hope

IN

47246

Phone Number

Hours

Mon & Tues 10am-7pm
Thurs & Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Website

Bartholomew County Public Library

812-379-1255

536 Fifth Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Cooling Center

Extreme hot temperatures can pose a serious threat to health and safety, especially to vulnerable populations.
Cooling stations are a cool facility where individuals without air conditioning can go and cool down.

Location

Bartholomew County Public Library

Address

536 5th Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-8pm
Fri & Sat 9am-6pm

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Website

Bartholomew County Public Library

812-379-1255

536 Fifth Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Cooling Center

Extreme hot temperatures can pose a serious threat to health and safety, especially to vulnerable populations.
Cooling stations are a cool facility where individuals without air conditioning can go and cool down.

Location

Donner Center

Address

739 22nd Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

Hours

July 15, 2024
8am-5pm

Eligibility

Anyone needing a cool place to go during the heat.

Intake Procedure

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Website

City of Columbus

812-376-2500

123 Washington Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Emergency Rental Assistance and Housing Search

Free, state online resource for renters and property managers in Indiana. The dynamic search options allow you to find affordable, accessible and market-rate housing that will fit your needs.

Location

Address

Phone Number

(877) 428-8844

Hours

Call Center: Mon-Fri 8a-7p

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

Search website or call for more information

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Indiana Housing Now

877-428-8844

No Physical Address

Columbus

IN

47201

Horizon House Emergency Family Shelter

Emergency Family Shelter is a 30-day program designed to coach and assist homeless families within Bartholomew County. Families must have been residents of Bartholomew County prior to their housing crisis.  A four-bedroom home located at 724 Chestnut Street in Columbus, Indiana.  This home gives us the ability to house four families at one time.

Location

Address

724 Chestnut Street

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 799-1062

Hours

Intake 24 hours daily

Eligibility

Bartholomew County homeless families with dependent children (in custody)

Intake Procedure

Call intake line

What To Bring

Photo ID, Proof of homelessness if possible (eviction notice, letter from person you are living with stating you can no longer stay with them, etc.)

Fees

Additional Languages

Human Services, Inc.

812-372-8407

4355 East 600 North

Columbus

IN

47203

Housing Partnerships, Inc.

Thrive Alliance (through Housing Partnerships, Inc.) has been providing high-quality affordable housing opportunities in the area for more than 30 years. Quality housing is a proven contributor to long-term health and well-being. It is the foundation for a good quality of life for individuals and families. It also helps ensure vibrant, equitable neighborhoods and communities for all residents. Our housing services include home repairs and accessibility modifications, quality affordable rental homes, and homeownership opportunities for first-time home buyers. We have developed more than 550 affordable homes throughout the region.

Location

Address

1531 13th Street, Ste. G900

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 376-9458

Hours

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm

Eligibility

Varies by program

Intake Procedure

Call for information

What To Bring

Information will be given at time of assessment

Fees

Vary

Additional Languages

Thrive Alliance

(866) 644-6407

1531 13th Street Suite G900

Columbus

IN

47201

Housing Search

Bartholomew County Landlord Association is the largest and longest running local organization supplying housing and related information.

Location

Bartholomew County Landlord Association

Address

3129 25th Street

Columbus

IN

47203

Phone Number

(812) 376-3500

Hours

Vary

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

Call for more information

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Bartholomew County Landlord Association

812-376-3500

3129 25th Street

Columbus

IN

47203

Public Housing

Public Housing works from a first-come-first-served waiting list based on two preferences.  The Public Housing waiting list must be open in order to apply.  Waiting list openings and closings are advertised two weeks in advance of the date through local media. The approximate wait to be selected from the Public Housing waiting list is 12 – 18 months.  Applicants selected from the Public Housing waiting list that respond by the given deadline must go through an interview to determine program eligibility.

Location

Columbus Housing Authority

Address

799 McClure Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 378-0005

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Closed 12pm-1pm for lunch

Eligibility

Meet income guidelines; pass background check

Intake Procedure

Complete an application for the waiting list. Applications are available at the office, by mail, or via the website.

What To Bring

Dates of birth, social security numbers, and income documentation for everyone in the household

Fees

Additional Languages

Columbus Housing Authority

812-378-0005

799 McClure Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Rapid Re-housing and Prevention Program

Program for homeless individuals and families. The program consists of two forms of assistance, coaching and financial assistance. Coaching includes, but is not limited to, goal setting, budgeting, referrals, etc. Coaching assists participants to move forward towards stability. Participants MUST be willing to work towards their goals and work within the program. The financial assistance can come in the form of rent and utility deposits, arrears on rent or utilities, and partial rent assistance. Financial assistance is dependent upon participation in the coaching process. Participants MAY receive assistance anywhere from one month up to one year. This will be based on individual need and the need is determined on a month to month basis.

Location

Human Services, Inc.

Address

4355 E 600 N

Columbus

IN

47203

Phone Number

(812) 372-8407

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Eligibility

Homeless Bartholomew County residents

Intake Procedure

Call for details

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Human Services, Inc.

812-372-8407

4355 East 600 North

Columbus

IN

47203

Section 8 Housing

The Housing Choice Voucher Program comprises the majority of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Section 8 rental assistance programs. IHCDA administered vouchers help approximately 4,000 families’ pay their rent each month. Eligibility for the Housing Choice Voucher program is based on a family’s household income. The voucher covers a portion of the rent and the tenant is expected to pay the balance. The tenants’ share is an affordable percentage of their income and is generally calculated between 30 to 40 percent of their monthly-adjusted gross income for rent and utilities.

Location

Human Services, Inc.

Address

4355 E 600 N

Columbus

IN

47203

Phone Number

(812) 372-8407

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Eligibility

Bartholomew County resident; meet income guidelines

Intake Procedure

Apply for program when waitlist is open

What To Bring

Photo ID

Fees

Additional Languages

Human Services, Inc.

812-372-8407

4355 East 600 North

Columbus

IN

47203

Section 8 Housing

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) or Section 8 is a program that issues eligible families a housing choice voucher.  Families search for units and pay their portion of rent based on income to the private landlord, and Columbus Housing Authority pays our portion to the private landlord each month.    If your family is determined eligible, you will be issued a housing choice voucher to search for a suitable unit.  Once you have found a unit that is determined to be rent reasonable by Columbus Housing Authority, it must pass one of our Housing Quality Inspections.  Once it passes inspection, you will sign a lease with the landlord.  Your landlord will then sign a Housing Assistance Payment Contract with Columbus Housing Authority.

Location

Columbus Housing Authority

Address

799 McClure Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 378-0005

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Closed 12pm-1pm for lunch

Eligibility

Meet income guidelines; pass background check

Intake Procedure

Complete an application for the waiting list. Applications are available at the office, by mail, or via the website.

What To Bring

Dates of birth, social security numbers, and income documentation for everyone in the household

Fees

Additional Languages

Columbus Housing Authority

812-378-0005

799 McClure Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants in Indiana

Provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.

Location

USDA Rural Development

Address

Phone Number

(317) 290-3100

Hours

Eligibility

View website to see if you qualify and if home is in USDA eligible area

Intake Procedure

View website to apply or call for more information

What To Bring

Fees

View website for grant and loan terms

Additional Languages

USDA

317-290-3100

5975 Lakeside Boulevard

Indianapolis

IN

46278

Turning Point Domestic Violence Services

Works towards the prevention and elimination of domestic and dating violence through 24 hour helpline, outreach services, emergency shelter, and prevention education.

Location

Address

PO Box 103

Columbus

IN

47202

Phone Number

(800) 221-6311

Hours

24 hours daily

Eligibility

Victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault

Intake Procedure

Call crisis line

What To Bring

Any important papers that may not be accessible after leaving

Fees

Additional Languages

Turning Point Domestic Violence Services

800-221-6311

PO Box 103

Columbus

IN

47202

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