Columbia Housing Authority

Partner Type

Basic Needs

Description and Mission

The Columbia Housing Authority’s (CHA's) mission is “to provide safe, healthy, and affordable housing opportunities to low-income individuals and families.” In carrying out this mission, it seeks partnerships and collaborative efforts with local organizations and other governmental agencies that provide services to improve the quality of life for CHA residents. The Family Self-Sufficiency and Youth Programs Department helps build successful children, youth, and families by assisting children and youth succeed in school and stay away from substance abuse and criminal involvement, and adults become and remain self-sufficient.


Students can serve either with the Opportunities For Families Program; in the CHA food pantry (teams of 2); as classroom helpers with the Money Smart Program; or as friendly visitors in Oak and Paquin Towers. (Paquin is within walking distance of campus). Assisting with adaptive recreation is also available at Paquin Towers.

Special emphasis and skills:

Fundraising, Mentoring, Math Proficiency, Educational Counseling, Tutoring, Transportation Assistance, ESL Literacy, Reading Proficiency, Budgeting, Child Enrichment Activities, Client Counseling, Adult Literacy, Advocacy, College Preparation, Cultural & Social Assimilation, Youth Emphasis, Financial Literacy, Early Childhood Emphasis, Pre-employment Counseling

Contact Information:

Phil Steinhaus

201 Switzler Street
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 443-2556 x1100


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.