Georgia Department of Community Affairs

60 Executive Parkway South, NE
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
(404) 679-4940

Program Details

Georgia Department of Community Affairs is a Section 8 Agency in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

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.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs Waiting Lists

State of Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for all counties is currently closed. The waiting list for all counties served was last open for one week in February 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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.

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.

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

Last Updated on 02/21/2018.

Project-Based Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant who is currently also on the housing authority's Housing Choice Voucher waiting list may request to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/16/2018, it is not known if Georgia Department of Community Affairs is accepting 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 most recent VMS report, Georgia Department of Community Affairs manages 14,601 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers13,6285841309558
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$578$554$595$868$464
Monthly Cost$7,876,467$32,149$24,380$268,345$259,056

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.