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About Affordable Housing In DeKalb County

There are 76 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 12,468 subsidized apartments for rent in DeKalb County, Georgia. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 2,351 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 1,453 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in DeKalb County. There are 8,429 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. In DeKalb County, the fair market rents range from $818 to $1,599. To learn more about rents for low income apartments in DeKalb County read the Fair Market Rents section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in DeKalb County guide.

To qualify for low income housing in DeKalb County a family of four would generally have to earn less than $33,750. For more detailed income qualification information for affordable apartments in DeKalb County read the Income section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in DeKalb County guide.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves DeKalb County is the Housing Authority of DeKalb County.

  • The Housing Authority of DeKalb County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Open Indefinitely.
  • The Housing Authority of DeKalb County Public Housing Waiting List is Closed.

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County offers 3 Public Housing complexes containing 468 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

Affordable Apartments in DeKalb County

100 Leslie Oaks Drive
Alexander at Stonecrest is a 262 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Lithonia. Rents at Alexander at Stonecrest are $795-1,015.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Lithonia.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1075 N. Hairston Rd.
Mountain Crest Apartments is a 280 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Stone Mountain. Rents at Mountain Crest Apartments are $485-735.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Stone Mountain.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
2361 Parc Chateau Dr
Parc Chateau I and II is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Lithonia. Rents at Parc Chateau I and II are $459-560.
324 Hatton Dr
Oak Forest Apartments is a 150 unit low income housing apartment community in Scottdale.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8
1000 Pleasantdale Xing
Pleasantdale Crossing is a 210 unit low income housing apartment community in Doraville.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8

Housing Authorities that serve DeKalb County

Understanding Affordable Housing in DeKalb County, Georgia

DeKalb County, GA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 76
Total Low Income Apartments 12,468
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 2,351
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.1%
Average Renter Household Size 2.07
Total Population 691,893
Housing Units 271,809
Average Household Size 2.17
Median Household Income $50,799 ±$649
Median Rent $977 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.31% ± 1.5pp

Population and Household Demographics

DeKalb County is a County in Georgia with a population of 691,893. There are 271,809 households in the county with an average household size of 2.17 persons. 43.1% of households in DeKalb County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in DeKalb County

The median gross income for households in DeKalb County is $50,799 a year, or $4,233 a month. The median rent for the county is $977 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In DeKalb County, a household making less than $3,257 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.31% of households who rent are overburdened in DeKalb County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.5 percentage points.

Fair Market Rents in DeKalb County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$818 $858 $990 $1,299 $1,599
Area Median Income In DeKalb County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In DeKalb County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $67,500.

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in DeKalb County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1989 to 2012, 45 low income apartment communities containing 8,259 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in DeKalb County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in DeKalb County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

For affordable apartment communities in DeKalb County that received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, monthly rent cannot exceed the Tax Credit maximum rent for the community.

If your income does not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you may qualify to rent a unit that is subject to the rent limits established by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
50% $23,650 $27,000 $30,400 $33,750 $36,450 $39,150 $41,850 $44,550
60% $28,380 $32,400 $36,480 $40,500 $43,740 $46,980 $50,220 $53,460
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent Limits

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in DeKalb County is $36,480 a year, or $3,040 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,040 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $912 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $591 $633 $760 $878 $979 $1,080
60% $710 $760 $912 $1,053 $1,175 $1,296
Rental Assistance in DeKalb County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In DeKalb County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $33,750 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
30% $14,200 $16,200 $20,160 $24,300 $28,440 $32,580 $36,730 $40,890
50% $23,650 $27,000 $30,400 $33,750 $36,450 $39,150 $41,850 $44,550
80% $37,800 $43,200 $48,600 $54,000 $58,350 $62,650 $67,000 $71,300

Cities In DeKalb County

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City Listings Served By
Atlanta 0
Avondale Estates 0
Belvedere Park 0
Candler McAfee 0
Candler-McAfee 0
Candler–McAfee 0
Chamblee 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Chamblee is the Housing Authority of DeKalb County.
Clarkston 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clarkston is the Housing Authority of DeKalb County.
Decatur 35 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Decatur are the Housing Authority of the City of Decatur and Housing Authority of DeKalb County.
Doraville 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Doraville is the Housing Authority of DeKalb County.
Druid Hills 0
Dunwoody 1
Gresham Park 0
Lithonia 15 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Lithonia are the Housing Authority of the City of Lithonia and Housing Authority of DeKalb County.
North Atlanta 0
North Decatur 0
North Druid Hills 0
Panthersville 0
Pine Lake 0
Redan 0
Scottdale 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Scottdale is the Housing Authority of DeKalb County.
Stone Mountain 11 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stone Mountain is the Housing Authority of DeKalb County.
Tucker 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tucker is the Housing Authority of DeKalb County.