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The CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended until June 30, 2021, meaning that no one should be evicted solely for non-payment of rent until that date. Visit GeorgiaLegalAid.org for more information. Some local communities are offering rental assistance with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief (or other) funds. Constituents can contact their local City or County government to see if funds are available for rental assistance. Constituents can also reach out to their local United Way by dialing 2-1-1 for updated information on available rental assistance. While the eviction moratorium is in effect, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is unable to expend available rental assistance funding by regulation. When the Moratorium is lifted, DCA will expend available funds through a process to be announced. DCA will continue to update this announcement as new information is known. (Updated January 21, 2021).

DCA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program offices have re-opened to the public effective 6/22/2020 on an appointment only basis. Should you need an appointment, please contact the assigned Housing Specialist or call the main number at 770-806-5050 for the Northern Regional Office and 912-285-6280 for the Southern Regional Office to schedule. To adhere to social distancing requirements, only one person can come to the appointment and all visitors must always wear a mask. If you need to drop off documentation, there is a secure drop-box located outside the front door at both Regional Offices. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we continue serving you during this time.

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Housing Specialist will remain available via email and phone to assist participants and owners.

HCV Specialist Contact Information

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The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8, is part of Georgia's comprehensive housing program administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). This is a tenant-based rental assistance program that assists extremely low and low income individuals and families rent safe, decent, and affordable 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:

  1. Provide improved living conditions for extremely low and low income individuals and families while maintaining their rent payments at an affordable level;
  2. Affirmatively further fair housing for individuals and families;
  3. Promote freedom of housing choice and integrate lower income and minority persons into mainstream society;
  4. Provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for eligible participants; and
  5. Provide an incentive to private property owners to rent to lower income persons by offering timely subsidy payments.

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 regional offices located around the State. The remaining 10 counties that DCA does not have jurisdiction are served by those county’s 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. 

Families who meet program and income eligibility are selected from DCA’s wait list when funding and vouchers are available. Once a family is selected for a Housing Choice Voucher, they are required to attend an informational briefing to learn about the program rules and of their obligations to the program. When the family receives their voucher, they are responsible for finding a housing unit that meets their voucher size. Once the family finds a unit that meets their voucher standard and the unit passes HUD’s Housing Quality Standards, DCA will begin the subsidy payment, on behalf of the family, directly to the landlord.
 

For wait list information,
PLEASE CALL 1-888-858-6085.

For more information on the Housing Choice Voucher Program,
please call 1-800-359-4663.

NOTICE: The Housing Choice Voucher Program Wait List preliminary application period will be open beginning Thursday, April 22, at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, April 26, at 11:59 p.m. for all 149 of the counties it serves.  We however are currently NOT accepting preliminary applications for the Project Based Voucher Wait List.

If immediate assistance is needed because you are homeless or threatening homelessness, please email HomelessInfo@dca.ga.gov. Additional information can be obtained through DCA's Homeless and Special Needs Housing.

 

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  • The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today that the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, or Section 8, waiting list preliminary application period will be open April 22-26, 2021 through an online system.

    The voucher program 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 DCA’s jurisdiction of 149 counties in Georgia. The subsidy is given to eligible families who are selected from the wait list. Eligibility for the program is based on several factors including the family’s income and eligible citizenship status.

    DCA will accept preliminary applications for the HCV program beginning Thursday, April 22, at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, April 26, at 11:59 p.m. for all 149 of the counties it serves. The remaining 10 counties in Georgia are served by their local housing authorities. Complete lists of the counties and cities in which DCA administers the HCV program can be found at https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/2167/documents/2085.

    Applications will only be accepted electronically through an online system. Beginning April 22, applicants may log on to the wait list application at www.applygadca.com. The application is available in English, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese. Applicants requiring assistance in completing the preliminary application or an accommodation because of a disability may email DCA at applygadca@dca.ga.gov or they may call an application assistance phone line, which will be available April 22, 23 and 26 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at 1-888-858-6085, select option 2.  Requests must be made during the application acceptance period of April 22-26, 2021. Information regarding the wait list application process is available at 855-741-5177.

    DCA’s Housing Assistance Division representatives say there is no advantage to applying on the first day, April 22. 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 list. Not all preliminary applications will result in placement on the wait list after the lottery drawing.

    No duplicate preliminary applications will be accepted. Any duplicate applications with the same household members listed 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 and advises applicants to beware of any website or company that states that it charges on behalf of DCA.

    For more information about DCA’s Housing Choice Voucher program, visit https://www.dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing/rental-housing-assistance/housing-choice-voucher-program-formerly-known


    About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, www.dca.ga.gov. 

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  • THE CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL June 30, 2021, MEANING THAT NO ONE SHOULD BE EVICTED SOLELY FOR NON-PAYMENT OF RENT UNTIL THAT DATE.  VISIT GEORGIALEGALAID.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION.  SOME LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE OFFERING RENTAL ASSISTANCE WITH CARES ACT CORONAVIRUS RELIEF (OR OTHER) FUNDS. CONSTITUENTS CAN CONTACT THEIR LOCAL CITY OR COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO SEE IF FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE.  CONSTITUENTS CAN ALSO REACH OUT TO THEIR LOCAL UNITED WAY BY DIALING 2-1-1 FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON AVAILABLE RENTAL ASSISTANCE.  WHILE THE EVICTION MORATORIUM IS IN EFFECT, THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (DCA) IS UNABLE TO EXPEND AVAILABLE RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING BY REGULATION. WHEN THE MORATORIUM IS LIFTED, DCA WILL EXPEND AVAILABLE FUNDS THROUGH A PROCESS TO BE ANNOUNCED.  DCA WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AS NEW INFORMATION IS KNOWN. (UPDATED April 1, 2021).