Georgia Department of Community Affairs

60 Executive Parkway South, NE
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 30329

Georgia Department of Community Affairs is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs serves Georgia but does not serve Bibb County, Chatham County, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Glynn County, Muscogee County, Richmond County and Sumter County.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs serves 149 of the 159 counties in the State of Georgia. A list of all counties served can be found here.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
State of Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Project-Based Voucher Closed

Other Georgia Department of Community Affairs Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs Website: https://dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs Phone: (404) 679-4940.

COVID-19 Update:

As of April 12, 2021 the DCA website states "DCA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program offices have re-opened to the public effective 6/22/2020 on an appointment only basis."

more information is available here.

Closed: State of Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from April 22, 2021 until April 26, 2021. 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 had the following preferences:

  • Head of household and spouse or co-head live, work or have been notified that they are hired to work in one of the counties listed in the waiting list for which they are applying for.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the DCA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DCA on April 12, 2021.

Last Updated on 10/20/2021.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from November 2017 until May 2018. 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.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

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

Last Updated on 05/23/2018.

About Georgia Department of Community Affairs

More information about Georgia Department of Community Affairs can be found on its website at https://dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing.

Representatives of Georgia Department of Community Affairs may be available by phone at (404) 679-4940. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/23/2021, it is not known if Georgia Department of Community Affairs is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Georgia Department of Community Affairs manages 12,718 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 11,649 45 51 473 496
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $706 $618 $483 $706 $521
Monthly Cost $8,227,278 $27,792 $24,621 $334,019 $258,333

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Georgia Department of Community Affairs

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 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 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.