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Eligibility & How to Apply



  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.

Current applicant FAQs

  1. How do I change my address and/or phone number after my application has been submitted?

    You need to send the updated information to us in writing to be added to your file. Please mail it to 1680 Watermark Drive, Columbus, OH 43215 or email to

  2. I submitted a waitlist application. How do I know where I am on the list?

    You are welcome to call us at (614) 487-6700 or email to ask where you are on the list. Please note that due to low turnover rates, the list moves slowly.

  3. I’ve been on the waitlist for 3 years. How much longer before I get housed?

    When a unit becomes available on the waitlist that you are on, we start at the top of the list and contact individuals on the list, but it is not possible to estimate how long it will take before a unit becomes available. There are very few move-outs at CHN—we maintain a 98% occupancy rate.

  4. Is there any way to expedite this?

    Unfortunately, no. There are not enough housing units for the number of people who need to be housed. Please visit our resource page.

  5. I was number 10 on the waitlist and now I’m number 15. How did that happen?

    As individuals update their information on a waitlist the positions sometimes change. Waitlist position is based on the date and time you submitted your initial application.

  6. My case manager applied for me, but we haven’t heard anything. What’s going on?

    Applications submitted by case managers are scored based on vulnerability. The ADAMH Board has prioritized who we house first and right now it is those coming out of an acute care setting. When all those applicants have been housed, we then go into the pool of the applications submitted by case managers.

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