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Jonesboro Housing Authority

203 Hightower Street
Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia 30236

Jonesboro Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Family Self-Sufficiency programs. As of April 10th, 2021, Jonesboro Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Jonesboro Housing Authority serves Clayton County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Jonesboro and Clayton County, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Jonesboro Housing Authority Public Housing Closed

Open Jonesboro Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Jonesboro Housing Authority Website:

Jonesboro Housing Authority Phone: (770) 478-7282.

COVID-19 Update:

As of March 31, 2021, the JHA website states, "Jonesboro Housing Authority (JHA) is taking an abundance of precaution to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.  JHA Offices will be opening back up by Appointment ONLY to the Public starting June 1, 2020."

more information is available here.

Open Soon: Jonesboro and Clayton County, Georgia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Jonesboro Housing Authority (JHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon. Applications will be accepted from April 19, 2021 at 9:00 am, until April 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: 

  • Public Housing Residents who are required to relocate because of modernization work, or whose unit is determined to be a health and safety hazard due to the presence of mold or asbestos contaminants, or whose unit is uninhabitable due to fire, flood, or storm damage.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence.
  • Elderly and/or Disabled Residents of Clayton County.
  • Applicants with an adult member who either lives in, works in, or has been hired to work in Clayton County.
  • Elderly and /or Disabled non-residents of Clayton County.
  • Working Families who are non-residents of or are not employed in Clayton County.
  • All other applicants who are residents of Clayton County; and H. All other applicants who are non-residents of Clayton County.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the JHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the JHA on April 2, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Jonesboro and Clayton County, Georgia.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (770) 478-7282. Reasonable accommodations must be requested prior to Monday, April 12, 2021.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/02/2021.

Other Jonesboro Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Jonesboro Housing Authority (JHA) Public Housing waiting list for 3 and 4 Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from December 4, 2017 until December 6, 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application at the JHA office.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been hand delivered to the JHA office at the office above. Incomplete applications were not accepted.

For more information, visit the JHA website.

Last Updated on 04/02/2021.

About Jonesboro Housing Authority

More information about Jonesboro Housing Authority can be found on its website at

Representatives of Jonesboro Housing Authority may be available by phone at (770) 478-7282. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/10/2021, it is not known if Jonesboro Housing Authority 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 Jonesboro Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Jonesboro Housing Authority manages 1,617 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,426 4 21 48 118
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $602 $684 $792 $444 $729
Monthly Cost $858,371 $2,737 $16,640 $21,323 $86,020

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Jonesboro Housing Authority

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 625 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 40 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3 persons and has a household income of $12,119 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 56% 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, 66% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

61% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 60% of households with children have a female head of household. 96% of all households were headed by a female.

97% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 96% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Jonesboro Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% 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. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

18% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 48% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Jonesboro Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $313 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $803. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $166.

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 Apartments Operated by Jonesboro Housing Authority

213 Hightower St

213 Hightower St
Jonesboro, Georgia