Our Mission and Vision:

CHC's mission is "to promote and provide quality housing, affordable to Howard County residents.” The Vision of CHC is "to be proactive leader creating vital and inclusive communities in Howard County by empowering residents through housing and access to services."

Our Origin:

Incorporated in 1967, the Columbia Housing Corporation was founded by a tripartite league of religious organizations that included the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Combined Ministries (a Protestant association), and the Jewish Council of Howard County. In 1978 Howard County community representatives replaced the faith based governing body continuing its goal by providing affordable housing for low and moderate-income families of Howard County.


The The Columbia Housing Corporation (CHC) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity in the name of our former Executive Director, Dr. Elsie J. Walters. Dr. Walters was appointed Executive Director of the Columbia Housing Corporation (CHC) in June, 1992, and served in that capacity until her untimely death in February, 1996. During her tenure, Dr. Walters always stressed higher education and family values. The Walter's scholarship keeps alive her dream to create opportunities for success through education.

Download the scholarship application: WALTERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION