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Eligibility and How to Apply for Housing

Eligibility & How to Apply

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  1. Am I eligible for CHN housing?

    You may qualify for housing through CHN if you meet any of the following criteria:
    — You are currently homeless
    — You receive case management services through an Alcohol Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Network mental health service provider
    — You have a disability
    — You meet Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Housing Choice Voucher requirements

  2. How do I apply for housing?

    Currently, there are two primary routes to obtain housing with Community Housing Network. We receive referrals from the Community Shelter Board for people who are in a homeless shelter or living on the streets. If you enter a homeless shelter, you may be assigned a Rapid Rehousing case manager to assist you with applying for housing through the Community Shelter Board.

    The other route is by way of referral from a case manager with a Franklin County ADAMH-funded community mental health center. The list of eligible providers is available here: ADAMH Network Providers.

    Occasionally, we have waitlists open that do not require a case manager to apply. Please call our office at (614) 487-6700 to inquire about open waitlists. Waitlist applications are filled on a first-come-first-served basis

  3. Once I apply, how long will it be before I am housed?

    Realistically, it may be 1-3 years or longer. The wait depends on move-outs and the number of applications already on file.

  4. How do I apply for a Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8)?

    You can apply for a voucher ONLY at Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.

  5. I am homeless and need a place to stay. What should I do?

    Unfortunately, we do not have immediate or emergency housing available.

    For assistance finding shelter in Franklin County call (614) 274-7000.

*For additional resources that may be helpful, please visit our Community Resources page.

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