Housing Authority of DeKalb County
750 Commerce Drive, Suite 201
Decatur, Dekalb County, GA

404-270-2500 http://www.dekalbhousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of DeKalb County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on November 2nd, 2015.

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County (HADC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in April 2015. There is no notice of when the waiting list will reopen.

To apply in 2015, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. Pre-applications were available online only.

The HADC identified the following preference: Applicants who live or work in DeKalb County, GA.

The HADC placed 3,000 qualified applicants on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Applicants were notified via email by May 11, 2015 if they were chosen to be placed on the waiting list.


The Housing Authority of DeKalb County (HADC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for elderly (62+) households.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. Pre-applications are available online only.

If an applicant need reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application, they can call the Waiting List Hotline at (404) 270-2590, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm ET. 

If an applicant is hearing or speech impaired, they can call 7-1-1 for further assistance.

The HADC has identified the following preference: Applicants who live or work in DeKalb County, GA.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. 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.

The HADC will place qualified applicants on the waiting list by date and time of the pre-application submission, after sorting preferences.

When an applicants name reached the top of the waiting list, they will be notified by email.

For more information, visit the HADC website, or call the office at (404) 270-2500.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of DeKalb County Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update July 17th, 2015.

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The Housing Authority of Dekalb County (HADC) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Housing Authority of DeKalb County operates 260 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of DeKalb County public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 2 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 71% 1 bedroom apartments and 29% 2 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of DeKalb County’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 8 out of a total 260 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 96.92%.

Family Type

Of the 3 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 3 (100%) were elderly, 0 (0%) were non-elderly, 3 (100%) were disabled, 0 (0%) contained children and 0 (0%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Housing Authority of DeKalb County's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of DeKalb County’s public housing developments is $276.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $98. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $60. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $121. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $0.

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 Housing Authority of DeKalb County portfolio, 0% of households identified as Black, 14% identified as White, and 14% 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 Housing Authority of DeKalb County properties, 6 were Extremely Low Income, 1 were Very Low Income, 0 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of DeKalb County properties is $11,938. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 0% earn more than $25,000 while 100% 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 Housing Authority of DeKalb County public housing 29% have wage income, 0% have welfare income, 100% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 0% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 7 households containing 8 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 1.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 0% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of DeKalb County public houins units 0% are aged zero to five and 0% are aged 6 to 17.

100% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 0% 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 Housing Authority of DeKalb County public housing communities. 28.57% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 14.29% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 57.14% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 266 affordable rental units. It also administers 4,333 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of DeKalb County is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 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 Housing Authority of DeKalb County between Public Housing Units (6%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (94%) to that of all housing authorities in Georgia, Housing Authority of DeKalb County 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, Housing Authority of DeKalb County scored an average of 89 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 72 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Georgia is 79.16.

Housing Authority of DeKalb County 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 Housing Authority of DeKalb County.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 6/29/11 Plan
2010 8/2/10 Plan
2009 7/10/09 Plan
2008 9/12/08 Plan
2007 8/2/07 Plan
2006 9/8/06 Plan
2005 7/12/05 Plan
2004 7/27/04 Plan
2003 8/7/03 Plan
2002 11/18/02 Plan
2001 7/11/01 Plan
2000 10/27/00 Plan