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Section 8 Waiting Lists

For those applying for DCA's Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Feb. 1-7, 2016, please visit www.applygadca.com. This is the ONLY official website for the Wait List. There is NO COST to apply. If you are asked to pay a fee, you are not using DCA's official website.

NOTICE: The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Waiting List preliminary application period will be open February 1 through February 7, 2016.

Welcome to the Section 8 Waiting Lists Status page. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) provides a rental subsidy to assist extremely low and low income individuals and families in renting safe, decent and affordable housing in the private rental market throughout the Georgia Department of Community Affairs's (DCA) jurisdiction. The subsidy is given to eligible families who were selected from our wait lists. Eligibility for the program is based on several factors including the family's income and eligible citizenship status.

DCA will be accepting Preliminary Applications for its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) beginning Monday, Feb. 1, at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, Feb. 7, at 11:59 p.m. Preliminary applications are being accepted for all 149 counties that we serve (see list below). Preliminary Applications will only be accepted electronically through our online system.

Beginning on February 1, you may log onto the wait list application directly online at www.applygadca.com. The application is available in both English and Spanish. If you require assistance completing the preliminary application, you can call our application assistance line at 1-888-858-6085 , and someone will complete your preliminary application with you over the phone. The application assistance line is available 24 hours per day until February 7 at 11:59 p.m.

There is no advantage to applying on the first day, February 1. All preliminary applications will be entered into a lottery and a random drawing will be held to determine the ranking of the preliminary applications on the waiting lists. Not all preliminary applications will result in placement on the wait lists after the lottery drawing.

No duplicate preliminary applications will be accepted. Any duplicate preliminary applications with the same household members will be removed. All applications must be complete including correct social security numbers and dates of birth for each family member, including minors.

DCA does not charge for an application. Please be aware of any website or company that states that it charges on behalf of DCA.

DCA administers the program in 149 of Georgia's 159 counties through five regional offices located around the State. The remaining 10 counties are served by their local housing authority. View contact information for local housing authorities (PDF).

List of 149 counties served by DCA (PDF)
List of Georgia cities served by DCA (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in English (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in Spanish (PDF)

Lottery Process
  • Once the wait lists are closed, DCA will begin the process of reviewing all submitted preliminary applications. All duplicate preliminary applications will be removed. Each household can have only had one preliminary application in the lottery per county.

  • It does not matter on which open day, from what location, or what device you use to apply to the wait lists. Every completed, unduplicated preliminary application that is submitted will have an equal chance to be drawn in the lottery.

  • For each county, each completed, unduplicated preliminary application will be placed in one of two groups (Residency Preference and Non- Residency Preference). A random drawing will be made of each group by county. The lottery winners will be comprised from each group (Residency Preference and Non-Residency Preference).

  • Be aware that falsely claiming a Residency Preference will result in the applicant being placed on DCA's ineligible list. It is in your best interest to only claim the Residency Preference in the county in which you live, work or have been hired to work.

  • The lottery winners will be contacted by DCA with information regarding the next steps that will include a review to determine if you meet the preliminary eligibility requirements. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be placed on the wait list(s). If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive a letter stating the reason why you are not eligible and the letter will explain your right to appeal the denial decision.

  • The lottery process will assign a random number to each family that will be used to determine the order the family is placed on the wait list(s).

We do our best to provide the most accurate information on this site. Unless specifically stated otherwise here, the printed legal announcement will take precedence over any discrepancies.

Our site is constantly updated with new information. Please check back often.

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