Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Parkway South, NE
Atlanta, Fulton County, GA

404-679-4940 http://www.dca.state.ga.us/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 19th, 2016.

Please note: The Georgia Department of Community Affairs covers 149 counties in the State of Georgia. A list of all counties covered can be found here.


The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for all covered counties is currently closed. The waiting list for all covered counties was last open for one week in February 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

The following preferences were identified: Live, work, or have been hired to work in the county you apply to.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

According to this news article, about 47,000 were received by the GDCA within the first 24 hours of the opening.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list will be notified by mail. Applicants may also visit this website, or call the application assistance line at 1 (888) 858-6085 to find out if their confirmation number has been selected four weeks after the waiting list has closed.

If any of your pre-application information has changed, you must print and complete the Preliminary Application Update Form that will be available online here after the waiting list has closed. Once the form has been completed, it must be submitted to the address on the top and bottom of the form.

For more information, visit the GDCA website, or call the office at (404) 679-4940.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 16,657 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Georgia Department of Community Affairs is designated as Extra Large, meaning it administers 10,000+ Section 8 vouchers.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs is among the 2% of Georgia housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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, Georgia Department of Community Affairs scored an average of 93 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 81 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Georgia is 79.16.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs 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)

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 Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 6/17/10 Plan
2009 5/27/09 Plan
2008 5/15/08 Plan
2007 5/31/07 Plan
2006 4/25/06 Plan
2005 6/2/05 Plan
2004 5/11/04 Plan
2003 5/12/03 Plan
2000 6/13/00 Plan