Waiting List FAQs

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Is the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List open?

HADC Housing Choice Voucher Tenant-Based and Project-Based Waiting Lists are closed to new applicants.

HADC opened our "Elderly" (62+) Project-Based Housing Choice Voucher (PBV) Waiting List for online pre-applications beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2015. As of March 31, 2018, HADC Elderly PBV Community Options with the exception of Columbia Decatur East will be CLOSED.To be eligible, all members of your household must be 62 years of age or older and you must select at least one or more of the available elderly community options. Eligible pre-applicants will be placed on the "Elderly" PBV Waiting List in the order of date and time completed. Link here for more information and to access the online pre-application.

What should I do if I did not receive an email notifying me whether I was selected or not?

If you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting a pre-application, please check your email account to see if it was placed in your junk folder. If you did not receive an email, you can contact us by email at or call 404-270-2500.

If I am currently on a HADC Waiting List, how does the new list affect my current status?

It does not. If you were on one of the HADC Waiting Lists prior to the new waitlist opening, you will not lose your current position on the waitlist you are currently on.

If selected for a waiting list, how do I check my application status?

Applicants who have been selected for a waiting list can check their status by calling our automated Wait List Line at 404-378-0842. Applicants will be required to reference the applicant identification number provided in the email notification informing you that you were selected for a waiting list.

Applicants on a waiting list can access the Applicant Portal link on our website to update the contact information you submitted in the pre-application. The user ID and password for the Applicant Portal is the same one used when submitting your pre-application. Applicants on a waiting list will be required to visit the Applicant Portal at least once a year to verify their contact information.

What is the difference between the Tenant-Based and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists?

Tenant-Based Vouchers provide rental assistance for families in the private rental market. The voucher is provided to applicants and they can choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Applicants selected for the Tenant-Based Waiting List may only receive a Tenant-Based Voucher.

Project-Based Vouchers provide rental assistance that is tied to a specific unit in a property contracted with the Housing Authority. Applicants selected for the Project-Based Waiting List may only receive a Project-Based Voucher.

Applicants who were selected for both the Tenant-Based and Project-Based Waiting Lists will only be removed from a list for which they have been selected. Applicants cannot transfer to the Tenant-Based Waiting List from the Project-Based Waiting List or vice-versa.

If selected for a waiting list, do I automatically qualify for housing?

No. If selected, you will be contacted by email for eligibility screening once your name gets to the top of the list. This screening process will determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements of the program.

If selected for a waiting list, when will I receive housing assistance?

As housing assistance becomes available, the HADC will contact you by email for an eligibility screening appointment. The screening process will determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements to qualify for the program. If you meet the program requirements, you will receive your tenant-based or project-based housing voucher.

Will I receive preference for a voucher if I am homeless, a veteran, disabled, or elderly?

No. There are programs specifically for homeless veterans and elderly families who need a unit under the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program.

Is there a preference given to DeKalb County residents?

Yes. The HADC gives preference to residents who live or work in DeKalb County over those who do not. For example, if you live out of state and are #1 on the Waiting List, you will not be offered housing before someone who is already a resident of DeKalb County. If you move to or begin working in DeKalb County, make sure you update your application through the applicant portal to receive the preference.