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Program Description

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has developed a new Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program funded through the federal HOME program. This program is targeted to individuals enrolled in the Georgia Money Follows the Person program (MFP) and provides 24 months of rental assistance to eligible applicants. The MFP program provides assistance to disabled or elderly individuals that are currently living in institutional settings such as nursing homes, habilitation centers, and group homes. The program gives the TBRA participant the ability to move to an apartment or home in a neighborhood and community of their choosing.

TBRA funds provide rental assistance to help pay a portion of the cost of the participants monthly rent and utility costs. The TBRA program can also pay security and utility deposits for the assisted rental unit.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently living in an institutional setting (nursing home, habilitation center, group home, etc.)
  • Must fall into one of the following categories:

    - Functionally impaired adults with intellectual/developmental
      disabilities 18 years of age and older
    - Young adults living in Psychiatric Residential Treatment
      Facilities (PRTF) with a primary diagnosis of mental illness
      18 to 21 years of age
    - Elderly adults 65 years of age or older
    - Individuals with physical disabilities (PD) 18 to 64 years of age
    - Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) 18 years of age and
      older

  • Must have an income at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Must be enrolled in the Georgia Money Follows the Person program (MFP) or a recent graduate of MFP with support services coordinated by DBHDD
  • Must agree to develop and work a Self Sufficiency Plan to maximize your household income and reduce living expenses
  • Able to secure a position on a Wait List for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, public housing, Section 811 or 202, or other rental assistance program
  • Must be able to live independently with support services available to assist and support you in a home or apartment setting

Note: For more details related to program eligibility requirements please refer to the TBRA Program Policies & Procedures and the Tenant Selection Plan and Outreach Strategy found in the Forms and Document Library.

Forms and Resources

Applications, processing documents, and other resources are available from the Forms and Document Library.

How to Apply

Applications can be downloaded from the Forms and Document Library or obtained from a Money Follows the Person case manager. The TBRA application form includes full instructions for completing the application packet. All TBRA processing will be done from the DCA main office in Atlanta. Completed application packets can be faxed, mailed, emailed, or hand delivered to DCA’s Office of Programs and Public Affairs. Full Instructions on how to send the completed application and required documents back to DCA are in the application packet. If you have questions concerning the application or questions about the program, please call Pat Brown at (404) 679-0630 or email.

For More Information

Contact HOMETBRA@dca.ga.gov or by calling (404) 982-3581, TTD (404) 679-4915. Faxes should be sent to (404) 770-359-3799

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education, and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability, or age. For a reasonable accommodation, please contact Staci Tillman or Ron Pounds at (404) 679-4840 or at fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

Status of the Wait List:

This webpage will post the current status of the TBRA Wait List. The Wait List is currently OPEN. 

News and Events

DCA opened the wait list for the new Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program on June 1, 2013. TBRA staff is anticipating that DCA will have everything in place to start issuing coupons (also known as vouchers) to eligible applicants sometime in July 2013. DCA is working very closely with the Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) to implement the new program. DCA is also working with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to make referrals to the program and to provide support services to eligible applicants. Both DCH and DBHDD have started marketing the new TBRA program around the state through their network of regional offices.

Contact Information

Patrick Brown
(404) 679-0630

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Office of Programs and Public Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231

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