Augusta Housing Authority
1435 Walton Way
Augusta, Richmond County, GA

706-312-3158 http://www.augustapha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Augusta Housing Authority covers Richmond County, GA. 

Augusta Housing Authority (AHA) Project-Based Voucher waiting lists are currently open for families and elderly individuals. These waiting lists are open indefinitely.

Please note: Only the Hope House and Legacy at Walton Oaks (55+) PBV waiting lists are currently open.


The AHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: employed full time for the last six months, elderly, or disabled.

The Augusta Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the list was last open, or when it will reopen. However, the AHA will notify the public when its waiting list reopens through local media. 

When the list does reopen, the AHA has said it will only take a matter of days to receive the maximum number of applications needed.

More information can be found by visiting the AHA website, or by calling 706-312-3158 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedOpenNot Applicable

The Augusta Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for senior individuals.


Please note: The Public Housing waiting list for families is currently closed.

The AHA offers 16 Public Housing communities with 2,231 units for families and senior individuals.


The AHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: employed full time for the last six months, elderly, or disabled.

More information can be found by visiting the AHA website at https://www.augustapha.org, or by calling 706-312-3158 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Augusta Housing Authority operates 2,263 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Augusta Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 4% studio apartments, 34% 1 bedroom apartments, 30% 2 bedroom apartments, 25% 3 bedroom apartments, 5% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Augusta Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 1,789 out of a total 2,263 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 20.95%.

Family Type

Of the 1,420 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 122 (8.59%) were elderly, 1,298 (91.41%) were non-elderly, 443 (31.2%) were disabled, 883 (62.18%) contained children and 863 (60.77%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Augusta Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Augusta Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $248.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $178. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $220. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $439. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $149.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Augusta Housing Authority portfolio, 92% of households identified as Black, 7% identified as White, and 1% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Augusta Housing Authority properties, 1,368 were Extremely Low Income, 318 were Very Low Income, 86 were Low Income and 10 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Augusta Housing Authority properties is $10,085. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 94% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Augusta Housing Authority public housing 32% have wage income, 3% have welfare income, 50% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 33% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 1,782 households containing 3,985 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 62.18% of households included children. Across all household members in Augusta Housing Authority public houins units 22.6% are aged zero to five and 24.9% are aged 6 to 17.

12.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 39.9% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Augusta Housing Authority public housing communities. 25.14% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.39% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 63.47% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Augusta Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 16 projects which contain 2,231 affordable rental units. It also administers 3,871 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Augusta Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Augusta Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (37%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (63%) to that of all housing authorities in Georgia, Augusta Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Georgia.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Augusta Housing Authority scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 102 in 2004 and a low score of 74 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Georgia is 79.16.

Augusta Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Georgia housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Augusta Housing Authority manages 11 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 86. The scores for properties managed by Augusta Housing Authority range from a high of 97 to a low of 72.

The highest scoring property in the Augusta Housing Authority portfolio is Olmstead Homes and the lowest scoring property is Dogwood Terrace.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Augusta Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Augusta Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 4/20/11 Plan
2010 3/29/10 Plan
2009 3/31/09 Plan
2008 2/22/08 Plan
2007 5/2/07 Plan
2006 4/18/06 Plan
2005 5/2/05 Plan
2004 5/26/04 Plan
2003 3/31/03 Plan
2002 4/23/02 Plan
2001 2/26/01 Plan
2000 6/1/00 Plan