Gainesville, Georgia Public Housing: Open

This information was last updated on February 8th, 2017.

The Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for scattered site locations, beginning on February 8, 2017.

Please note: There is not open time or close date and time provided in the public notice. We have contacted the GHA, and will update this page when more information becomes available. 

The GHA offers three Public Housing communities with 495 units for families and senior/disabled households.

There are three ways to apply

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Download and print the application online. The application is available in English and Spanish.
  3. Call (770) 536-1294 to request an application be mailed to you.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to P.O. Box 653 Gainesville, GA 30503.
  2. Faxed to (770)536-5150.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, one at a local library, or one at the GHA computer lab. The computer lab will be open on February 8-9, 2017, from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm ET.

The following documentation is required: Mailing address and phone number of the applicant; Social Security Number, name, date of birth, income, and assets of all members of the household.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Working families that are employed at least 35 hours a week for the last nine months, working family that is employed at least 15 hours a week for the last nine months, elderly, disabled, enrolled in a secondary educational program full time, head of household or married spouse that is actively participating in a family treatment court including Drug/DUI, juvenile recovery program, and mental health services, victim domestic violence.

For more information, visit the GHA website, or call the office at (912) 529-4596 during normal office hours.


  • What: Gainesville Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Victims of Domestic Violence. Working/Employed. Persons in Job Training or Higher Education. Persons with Disabilities.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Public Housing Property Inspection Scores

All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.

The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.

The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.

A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.

Property Score Inspection Date
Harrison Square 73/100 12/04/2014
Melrose Homes 93/100 10/24/2013

Public Housing Operated by Gainesville Housing Authority

854 Davis St
Melrose Homes participates in the following programs:
Public Housing
240 Atlanta St
Harrison Square participates in the following programs:
Public Housing

Affordable Apartments near Gainesville Housing Authority

1640 Roper Hill Road
Ridgecrest Apartment Homes features 2-3 bedroom apartments.
Ridgecrest Apartment Homes participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project-Based Section 8
392 Linwood Dr
Linwood Apts. participates in the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8
2352 Spring Haven Dr
Paces Landing Apartments participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Gainesville Housing Authority serves the following locations in the state of Georgia: