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Georgia Housing Authorities

Albany Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Albany Housing Authority Closed

Albany Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Athens Housing Authority

Athens Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Atlanta Housing Authority

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Atlanta, Georgia Closed

Atlanta Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Augusta Housing Authority

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Richmond County, Georgia Closed

Augusta Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Brunswick Housing Authority

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Glynn County, Georgia Closed

Brunswick Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Canton Housing Authority

Canton Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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City of Atlanta Dept. of Housing And Community Development

City of Atlanta Dept. of Housing And Community Development serves Georgia.

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City of Marietta

City of Marietta serves Georgia.

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Claxton Housing Authority

Claxton Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Crawfordville Housing Authority

Crawfordville Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Doerun Housing Authority

Doerun Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Dublin Housing Authority

Dublin Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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East Point Housing Authority

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East Point, Georgia Closed

East Point Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Etowah Area Consolidated

Etowah Area Consolidated serves Georgia.

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Fairburn Housing Authority

Fairburn Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Flint Area Consolidated

Flint Area Consolidated serves Georgia.

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Gainesville Housing Authority

Gainesville Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Waiting List Status
State of Georgia Closed

Georgia Department of Community Affairs is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Harlem Housing Authority

Harlem Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Hinesville Housing Authority

Hinesville Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia

Waiting List Status
Columbus, Georgia Closed

Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of DeKalb County

Waiting List Status
DeKalb County, Georgia Closed

Housing Authority of DeKalb County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Douglas County

Housing Authority of Douglas County serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of Fulton County

Waiting List Status
Fulton County, Georgia Closed

Housing Authority of Fulton County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Loganville

Housing Authority of Loganville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of Milledgeville

Housing Authority of Milledgeville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of Monroe

Housing Authority of Monroe serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of Newnan

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Newnan, Georgia Closed

Housing Authority of Newnan is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Palmetto

Housing Authority of Palmetto serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of Savannah

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Chatham County, Georgia Closed

Housing Authority of Savannah is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Senoia

Housing Authority of Senoia serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of Union City

Housing Authority of Union City serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Abbeville

Housing Authority of the City of Abbeville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Acworth

Housing Authority of the City of Acworth serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Adel

Housing Authority of the City of Adel serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Alamo

Housing Authority of the City of Alamo serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Alma

Housing Authority of the City of Alma serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Americus

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Americus Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Americus is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Arlington

Housing Authority of the City of Arlington serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Ashburn

Housing Authority of the City of Ashburn serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Bainbridge

Housing Authority of the City of Bainbridge serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Barnesville

Housing Authority of the City of Barnesville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Baxley

Housing Authority of the City of Baxley serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Blackshear

Housing Authority of the City of Blackshear serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Blakely

Housing Authority of the City of Blakely serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Blue Ridge

Housing Authority of the City of Blue Ridge serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Boston

Housing Authority of the City of Boston serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Bowdon

Housing Authority of the City of Bowdon serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Bremen

Housing Authority of the City of Bremen serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Buchanan

Housing Authority of the City of Buchanan serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Buena Vista

Housing Authority of the City of Buena Vista serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Buford

Housing Authority of the City of Buford serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Byron

Housing Authority of the City of Byron serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cairo

Housing Authority of the City of Cairo serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Calhoun

Housing Authority of the City of Calhoun serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Camilla

Housing Authority of the City of Camilla serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton

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Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cave Spring

Housing Authority of the City of Cave Spring serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cedartown

Housing Authority of the City of Cedartown serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Chatsworth

Housing Authority of the City of Chatsworth serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Clayton

Housing Authority of the City of Clayton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cochran

Housing Authority of the City of Cochran serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of College Park

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Limited College Park, Georgia Closed
College Park, Georgia Closed

Housing Authority of the City of College Park is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Colquitt

Housing Authority of the City of Colquitt serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Comer

Housing Authority of the City of Comer serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Commerce

Housing Authority of the City of Commerce serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Conyers

Housing Authority of the City of Conyers serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cordele

Housing Authority of the City of Cordele serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Covington

Housing Authority of the City of Covington serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cumming

Housing Authority of the City of Cumming serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cuthbert

Housing Authority of the City of Cuthbert serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Dahlonega

Housing Authority of the City of Dahlonega serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Dallas

Housing Authority of the City of Dallas serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Danielsville

Housing Authority of the City of Danielsville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Dawson

Housing Authority of the City of Dawson serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Decatur

Waiting List Status
DeKalb County, Georgia Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Decatur is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Douglas

Housing Authority of the City of Douglas serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Eastman

Housing Authority of the City of Eastman serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Eatonton

Housing Authority of the City of Eatonton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Edison

Housing Authority of the City of Edison serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Elberton

Housing Authority of the City of Elberton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Ellaville

Housing Authority of the City of Ellaville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Ellijay

Housing Authority of the City of Ellijay serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Fitzgerald

Housing Authority of the City of Fitzgerald serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Fort Gaines

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Gaines serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Fort Oglethorpe

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Oglethorpe serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Fort Valley

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Valley serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Franklin

Housing Authority of the City of Franklin serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Gibson

Housing Authority of the City of Gibson serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Glennville

Housing Authority of the City of Glennville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Glenwood

Housing Authority of the City of Glenwood serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Grantville

Housing Authority of the City of Grantville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Greensboro

Housing Authority of the City of Greensboro serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Greenville

Housing Authority of the City of Greenville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Griffin

Housing Authority of the City of Griffin serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hahira

Housing Authority of the City of Hahira serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hampton

Housing Authority of the City of Hampton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hartwell

Housing Authority of the City of Hartwell serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hawkinsville

Housing Authority of the City of Hawkinsville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hazlehurst

Housing Authority of the City of Hazlehurst serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hogansville

Housing Authority of the City of Hogansville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Homerville

Housing Authority of the City of Homerville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Jackson

Housing Authority of the City of Jackson serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Jasper

Housing Authority of the City of Jasper serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson

Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Jesup

Housing Authority of the City of Jesup serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette

Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lakeland

Housing Authority of the City of Lakeland serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lavonia

Housing Authority of the City of Lavonia serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lawrenceville

Housing Authority of the City of Lawrenceville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lincolnton

Housing Authority of the City of Lincolnton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lithonia

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Lithonia, Georgia Unknown

Housing Authority of the City of Lithonia is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Louisville

Housing Authority of the City of Louisville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lumber City

Housing Authority of the City of Lumber City serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lyons

Housing Authority of the City of Lyons serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Madison

Housing Authority of the City of Madison serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Manchester

Housing Authority of the City of Manchester serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of McCaysville

Housing Authority of the City of McCaysville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of McRae

Housing Authority of the City of McRae serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Menlo

Housing Authority of the City of Menlo serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Metter

Housing Authority of the City of Metter serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Millen

Housing Authority of the City of Millen serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Monticello

Housing Authority of the City of Monticello serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Mount Vernon

Housing Authority of the City of Mount Vernon serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Nahunta

Housing Authority of the City of Nahunta serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Nashville

Housing Authority of the City of Nashville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Newton

Housing Authority of the City of Newton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Nicholls

Housing Authority of the City of Nicholls serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Norcross

Housing Authority of the City of Norcross serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Ocilla

Housing Authority of the City of Ocilla serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pearson

Housing Authority of the City of Pearson serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pelham

Housing Authority of the City of Pelham serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Perry

Housing Authority of the City of Perry serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Quitman

Housing Authority of the City of Quitman serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Reidsville

Housing Authority of the City of Reidsville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Ringgold

Housing Authority of the City of Ringgold serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Roberta

Housing Authority of the City of Roberta serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Rochelle

Housing Authority of the City of Rochelle serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Roswell

Housing Authority of the City of Roswell serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Sandersville

Housing Authority of the City of Sandersville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Shellman

Housing Authority of the City of Shellman serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Social Circle

Housing Authority of the City of Social Circle serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Soperton

Housing Authority of the City of Soperton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Sparta

Housing Authority of the City of Sparta serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Statesboro

Housing Authority of the City of Statesboro serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Summerville

Housing Authority of the City of Summerville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Swainsboro

Housing Authority of the City of Swainsboro serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Sylvania

Housing Authority of the City of Sylvania serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Sylvester

Housing Authority of the City of Sylvester serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Tallapoosa

Housing Authority of the City of Tallapoosa serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Tennille

Housing Authority of the City of Tennille serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Thomaston

Housing Authority of the City of Thomaston serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Thomasville

Housing Authority of the City of Thomasville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Tifton

Housing Authority of the City of Tifton serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Toccoa

Housing Authority of the City of Toccoa serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Unadilla

Housing Authority of the City of Unadilla serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Union Point

Housing Authority of the City of Union Point serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Vidalia

Housing Authority of the City of Vidalia serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Vienna

Housing Authority of the City of Vienna serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Villa Rica

Housing Authority of the City of Villa Rica serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Washington

Housing Authority of the City of Washington serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Waycross

Housing Authority of the City of Waycross serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Waynesboro

Housing Authority of the City of Waynesboro serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of West Point

Housing Authority of the City of West Point serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Winder

Housing Authority of the City of Winder serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Woodbury

Housing Authority of the City of Woodbury serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the City of Wrightsville

Housing Authority of the City of Wrightsville serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the County of Atkinson

Housing Authority of the County of Atkinson serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the County of Harris

Housing Authority of the County of Harris serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the County of Lee

Housing Authority of the County of Lee serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the County of Screven

Housing Authority of the County of Screven serves Georgia.

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Housing Authority of the County of Stewart

Housing Authority of the County of Stewart serves Georgia.

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Houston County Housing Authority

Houston County Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Jonesboro Housing Authority

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Jonesboro and Clayton County, Georgia Closed

Jonesboro Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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LaGrange Housing Authority

LaGrange Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Macon Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Bibb County, Georgia Closed

Macon Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Marietta Housing Authority

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Cobb County, Georgia Closed

Marietta Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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McDonough Housing Authority

McDonough Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Moultrie Housing Authority

Moultrie Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Northeast Georgia Housing Authority

Northeast Georgia Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Northwest Georgia Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Northwest Georgia Housing Authority Closed

Northwest Georgia Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Royston Housing Authority

Royston Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Southeast Georgia Consolidated Housing Authority

Southeast Georgia Consolidated Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Thomson Housing Authority

Thomson Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Tri-City Housing Authority

Tri-City Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Valdosta Housing Authority

Valdosta Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Warner Robins Housing Authority

Warner Robins Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Warrenton Housing Authority

Warrenton Housing Authority serves Georgia.

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Georgia?

As of February 26, 2024, AHO is tracking 0 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 0 waiting lists that are open until further notice.

AHO encourages you to first apply to the waiting lists that are scheduled to close, as most housing choice voucher programs do not have a set schedule for when they will reopen their waiting lists.

AHO still encourages you to apply to continuously open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

In total, there are 0 waiting lists you can apply to right now and 0 waiting lists you can apply to soon.

How many HCV waiting lists were open in Georgia in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 15 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Georgia.

How long were HCV waiting lists kept open in Georgia in the last few years?

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Georgia were kept open an average of 75 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 93.3% were open seven days or less and 40% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a voucher if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Renters can apply to any open HCV waiting list in the country. The program is supposed to promote mobility so that renters can move to places with more opportunity.

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a voucher is offered, if at all.

Over the last three years, 20% of waiting lists in Georgia that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Georgia increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 80% of waiting list applications in in Georgia over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Georgia?

Random lotteries were used by 40% of housing authorities in Georgia to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on an HCV waiting list in Georgia before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 33 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Georgia.

Who is served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Georgia?

HCV households served by housing authorities in Georgia include:

  • 31% headed by seniors
  • 20% with a person with a disability
  • 46% with children
  • 32% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Georgia?

According to HUD, in general, in order to receive a voucher, a household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income (50% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a housing authority must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income (30% AMI).

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In the voucher programs of housing authorities in Georgia, VLI households make up 94% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 73% of voucher-holding households.

Is there an application fee for Section 8 waiting lists?

It is against HUD policy for an agency to charge for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher application. If anyone is charging a fee for an application, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer with an empty promise. Do not pay for an application.

Why are there Section 8 waiting lists?

Like most low income housing programs, renters are placed on a waiting list to get a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher because there is a very high demand for vouchers, and a limited supply.

Waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher also tend to be longer than those for other housing programs because renters can live in an apartment or house of their choice. Most of the other rental housing programs require the household to live in a pre-determined apartment.

How does a Section 8 waiting list work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing authority with an open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. If a waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying, the housing authority will create a list of qualified applicants that is sorted by random lottery, or the date and time applications were received. Many of these waiting lists have limited spots, so some applicants may not be selected for the waiting list, even if they are qualified.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing authority will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Because of the high demand of the HCV program, waiting lists may be many months or years long.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a voucher.

Who can apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a Section 8 voucher, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Applications for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can only be submitted when the housing authority opens the program's waiting list.

For many areas, waiting lists are only open for a brief period. And depending on the area, when a waiting list closes, it may not reopen for many months or years. But there are also many housing authorities that keep their waiting lists open indefinitely, which means that there is no scheduled close date. These waiting lists can close at any time, but they sometimes stay open for months or years.

Can I apply for multiple Section 8 waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

What is a Section 8 waiting list lottery?

In many areas, the demand for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is so great that the managing housing authority cannot add all applicants to its waiting list. To give all applicants an equal chance of being placed on the waiting list, many agencies draw names by random lottery from the entire pool of applicants.

Housing authorities will usually state if they are doing a lottery drawing on the public notice for the waiting list. If there is not a lottery, applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

How long is a waiting list for Section 8 housing?

Once a household is placed on a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, they may wait anywhere between many months or years before being offered a rental assistance voucher.

There is no typical wait time for a voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on various factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait less than a year, while someone in another area is on a waiting list for five years or more.

How can I get more information about a Section 8 waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting lists is to visit the housing authority's website. Most housing authorities with a website will have a dedicated Section 8 HCV page with details about the program.

However, not all housing authorities have a website. And some that do may provide a limited amount of information. If this is the case, contact the housing authority for help. The agency can tell you if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important application requirements.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a Section 8 waiting list?

Yes, many housing authorities use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program gives low income rental assistance to individuals and families who need help affording monthly rent. Households with a Section 8 voucher may choose to live in any home that meets the program requirements, including apartments and single-family homes. It is a federal housing program that is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Renters with a Section 8 voucher usually pay 30% of their income for rent. The rest is paid to the landlord by the managing housing authority.

When looking for housing options, be aware that there are other housing programs that use the name "Section 8," including the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. However, the name "Section 8" on its own usually refers to the HCV program.

How do I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

When a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, Section 8 applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Online applications are often submitted through a form on a website. Printable applications may be available on the internet, as well. If an application can be sent by mail, a request for one is usually done by phone, mail or email.

In rare situations, applications may also be submitted by fax, or directly by phone. These outdated methods have been phased out by many housing authorities, but there are still some applications that operate this way.

Where can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. If the waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing authority is targeting a specific demographic (such as homeless applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.