About Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office)

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) serves Ben Hill County, Butts County, Chattooga County, Colquitt County, Decatur County, Elbert County, Habersham County, Houston County, Jones County, Lowndes County, Mitchell County, Paulding County, Rabun County, Stephens County, Terrell County, Twiggs County, Wayne County, Worth County, Atkinson County, Bleckley County, Candler County, Clay County, Coweta County, Dooly County, Fannin County, Haralson County, Jasper County, Laurens County, McIntosh County, Morgan County, Pierce County, Rockdale County, Talbot County, Toombs County, Walker County, White County, Brantley County, Barrow County, Bulloch County, Charlton County, Dade County, Early County, Forsyth County, Greene County, Heard County, Jenkins County, Lincoln County, Meriwether County, Newton County, Pulaski County, Seminole County, Taylor County, Troup County, Warren County, Wilkes County, Oconee County, Berrien County, Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Columbia County, Emanuel County, Gilmer County, Hall County, Irwin County, Lamar County, Lumpkin County, Monroe County, Peach County, Randolph County, Stewart County, Thomas County, Union County, Webster County, Banks County, Bacon County, Brooks County, Carroll County, Crawford County, Dougherty County, Fayette County, Gordon County, Harris County, Jeff Davis County, Lee County, Macon County, Murray County, Pike County, Schley County, Taliaferro County, Towns County, Walton County, Whitfield County, Madison County, Bartow County, Burke County, Coffee County, Dawson County, Effingham County, Franklin County, Gwinnett County, Henry County, Johnson County, Long County, Miller County, Oglethorpe County, Putnam County, Spalding County, Telfair County, Turner County, Washington County, Wilkinson County, Quitman County, Appling County, Camden County, Clarke County, Cook County, Dodge County, Evans County, Glascock County, Hancock County, Jackson County, Lanier County, McDuffie County, Montgomery County, Pickens County, Tift County, Upson County, Wheeler County, Chattahoochee County, Baldwin County, Bryan County, Catoosa County, Clinch County, Crisp County, Douglas County, Floyd County, Grady County, Hart County, Jefferson County, Liberty County, Marion County, Polk County, Screven County, Tattnall County, Treutlen County, Ware County, Wilcox County, Baker County, Warner Robins, Valdosta, Dublin, Cartersville, Waynesboro and Athens.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) Waiting Lists

Georgia Department of Community Affairs Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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.

Last Updated on 07/19/2016.

More information about Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) can be found on its website at http://www.dca.state.ga.us/.

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) manages 14,324 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 13,345 55 45 310 562
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $579 $553 $614 $750 $487
Monthly Cost $7,725,943 $30,391 $27,608 $232,591 $273,635

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office)

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 3% having issued approximately 5,310 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.9 persons and has a household income of $12,987 per year. 89% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 67% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

62% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 61% of households with children have a female head of household. 92% of all households were headed by a female.

90% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 23% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

13% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 59% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Central Office) voucher holders in 2016 was $331 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $779. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $252.

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.