About Atlanta Housing Authority

The Atlanta Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Atlanta Housing Authority serves Atlanta.

Atlanta Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Atlanta, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in March 2017; and prior to that for one week in January 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, work, or have been hired to work in Atlanta, GA.

30,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (404) 892-4700.

Last Updated on 03/21/2017.

More information about Atlanta Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.atlantahousing.org/.


About the Atlanta Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Atlanta Housing Authority manages 15,021 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

HomeownershipFamily UnificationTenant ProtectionMoving To WorkPorted OutVASH
Vouchers252631,37010,8931,839214
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$595$929$845$653$728$622
Monthly Cost$14,864$244,441$1,157,628$7,117,449$1,339,546$133,108

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Atlanta Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 13% having issued approximately 1,010 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $15,397 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 41% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 33% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

42% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 69% of all households were headed by a female.

98% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 97% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Atlanta Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 43% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

37% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Atlanta Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $382 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $684. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $242.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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