About Housing Authority of DeKalb County

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Decatur, Georgia.

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County serves DeKalb County, Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Doraville, Tucker, Chamblee, Clarkston and Scottdale.

Housing Authority of DeKalb County Waiting Lists

DeKalb County, GA Section 8 PBV Wait List Project Based Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County (HADC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for elderly (62+) households.

To apply, complete the online application here. Applications are available online only.

If an applicant need reasonable accommodation to complete the application, they can call the Waiting List Hotline at (404) 270-2590, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm ET. 

Applicants who are hearing or speech impaired can call 7-1-1 for further assistance.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Applicants who live or work in DeKalb County, GA.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

When an applicant's name reached the top of the waiting list, they will be notified by email.

For more information, visit the HADC website, or call the office at (404) 270-2500.


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 may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 04/27/2017.

Housing Authority of DeKalb County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County (HADC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in April 2015. There is no notice of when the waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. Pre-applications were available online only.

This waiting list had the following preference: Applicants who live or work in DeKalb County, GA.

3,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Applicants were notified via email by May 11, 2015 if they were chosen to be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HADC website, or call the office at (404) 270-2500.

Last Updated on 04/26/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of Dekalb County (HADC) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.

Last Updated on 07/17/2015.

More information about Housing Authority of DeKalb County can be found on its website at http://www.dekalbhousing.org/.


About the Housing Authority of DeKalb County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of DeKalb County manages 4,483 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 3,301 49 132 44 62 631
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $633 $575 $846 $676 $932 $448
Monthly Cost $2,087,925 $28,176 $111,725 $29,747 $57,769 $282,393

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of DeKalb County

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 12% having issued approximately 500 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,097 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% 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.

49% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

97% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 92% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of DeKalb County Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 51% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Housing Authority of DeKalb County voucher holders in 2016 was $323 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $993. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $177.



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.


Public Housing Operated by Housing Authority of DeKalb County

3327 Tobie Cir
Scottdale, Georgia
Tobie Grant Manor is a 200 unit low income housing apartment community in Scottdale.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
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