Choice Voucher Program
Program Description | Downloads & Related Links | Contact Information
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is part of Georgia's comprehensive
housing program administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
(DCA). This is a tenant-based assistance program that assists low income
individuals and families rent safe, decent, and sanitary dwelling units
in the private rental market. The program was created by the Housing and
Community Development Act of 1974 and is funded by the United States Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goals of the Housing Choice
Voucher Program (HCV) are to:
- Provide improved living conditions for low income persons while maintaining
their rent payments at an affordable level;
- Promote freedom of housing choice and integrate lower income and minority
persons into mainstream society;
- Provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for eligible participants;
- Provide an incentive to private property owners to rent to lower income
persons by offering timely subsidy payments. More...
The Department of Community Affairs provides the subsidy payment
directly to the landlord on behalf of the program participant. The
amount of the subsidy is based primarily upon the participant's income.
DCA administers the program in 149 of Georgia's 159 counties through
four regional offices located around the State. The remaining 10
counties are served by their local housing authority.
Housing Choice Voucher Program Funding
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded totally by federal funds from
the Department of Housing and Urban Development. No State appropriations
are used in the administration of this program. Currently, the Program
serves over 15,000 Georgia families and processes over 13,000 rental assistance
checks per month, adding more than $99 million to Georgia’s economy
The Housing Choice Voucher Program operates by providing direct
subsidy rent payments to qualified landlords for tenants participating
in the program. Program participants normally pay approximately 30
percent of their adjusted income toward rent. The landlord's subsidy
is paid monthly by the DCA and normally consists of the difference
between the gross rent, which includes an allowance for tenant paid
utilities, and 30 percent of the tenant's adjusted income.
Downloads & Related Links
WAITING LIST OPENINGS
Administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Applying to the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Georgia Housing Search (Property Listing)
Forms and Documents
DCA Jurisdiction Map (PDF)
Contact the Office of Rental Assistance by email.
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231
(404) 679-4915 (TDD) or (877) 204-1194 (TDD)