Waiting List FAQs

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Is the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List open?

The Housing Choice Voucher Tenant-Based and Project-Based Waiting Lists are currently closed to new applicants. The Housing Authority of DeKalb County (HADC) will open its Tenant-Based Waiting List for an application period from December 11, 2018 through December 13, 2018. Please see the announcement on the HADC website's homepage for more information.

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The HADC’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly known as Section 8, is a federal program designed to provide rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Through the HCV Program, HADC pays a portion of eligible families’ rent each month directly to the Property Owner/Manager/Landlord.

What is a Tenant-Based Voucher?

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.

The Housing Authority pays a portion of contracted rent in the form of a housing assistance payment to the landlord on behalf of the Participant. The Participant pays the remaining rent, an amount that is roughly equivalent to 30% of their monthly income, and the utility expenses.

Why does the HADC open its Waiting List?

The Housing Authority’s Waiting Lists are used to identify applicants for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Housing Authority must ensure full utilization of program funding.

When can I apply for the Tenant-Based Waiting List?

Interested persons must submit an online application during the HADC’s Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Open application period – beginning on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 and ending on December 13, 2018. Applications will only be accepted during this time period. You will not be able to submit an online application after December 13, 2018. ALL applications will be processed from the wait list position determined and based on the “date and time” of their application.

How can I apply for the Tenant-Based Waiting List?

When the Waiting List opens, you will be able to click on a link on the HADC’s website, www.dekalbhousing.org, which will take you to the application. This link will only be available December 11th through December 13th, 2018.

Interested persons must submit the application online using a computer, smartphone, or other electronic device with Internet access. Paper applications will NOT be available nor accepted at any Housing Authority location.

To apply, you must be 18 years of age or an emancipated minor. You will be required to submit the following information for the application: your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address, email address, household income, and number of household members.

Preference will be given to residents who live in DeKalb County.

If you require a reasonable accommodation, such as assistance in completing an application because of a disability, language translation services, or communication in an alternative format, you may call the Waiting List Hotline at 404-270-2590 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the wait list opening. Potential registrants with hearing or speech disabilities using TDD or TTY technology may call Georgia Relay Services by dialing 7-1-1 for assistance.

Is there a preference given to DeKalb County residents

Yes. The HADC gives preference to residents who live 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.

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.

Where can I access the Internet?

If you do not have personal access to a computer or electronic device with Internet access, you must submit the application online at locations that offer free use of their computers, such as public libraries. A list of Internet access sites is available on the HADC’s website, www.dekalbhousing.org.

How many applications may I submit?

Only one application per person will be accepted.

Can more than one person in my household submit an application?

Yes. However, each person must be 18 years of age or older or be an emancipated minor in accordance with the laws of the state of Georgia.

What are the eligibility requirements to be admitted into the HADC’s HCV Program?

To be eligible to receive a voucher, you must meet the following requirements at the time you are selected:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older, or an emancipated minor.
  • Your household income must meet income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for DeKalb County, Georgia. Maximum income guidelines may not exceed the low income limit as determined by HUD annually.
  • You must meet all the eligibility guidelines found in the Housing Authority of DeKalb County’s Administrative Plan
  • You will be required to provide information that will be verified during the screening process. Examples of information include: annual household income, family composition, social security numbers, citizenship or eligible immigration status of all family members, criminal background, and prior termination from housing assistance programs. False information provided during the screening process may result in you being ineligible for HADC housing programs.

Can I apply for the Waiting List if I was previously terminated from the program?

Yes. You will not be prohibited from submitting an application; however, when you are selected for the Waiting List, your application will be reviewed in accordance with the HADC’s eligibility and screening criteria, which may include a review of your previous participation in a housing assistance program.

Can I be selected for the Tenant-Based Waiting List if I am on another waiting list?

Yes. It’s possible to be selected for more than one Waiting List.

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.

Is there a cost to submit an application for the Waiting List?

No. There is no cost to submit an application. The HADC will never ask for your debit or credit card or any other form of payment to submit an application for its services. Additionally, please do not provide personal information to anyone claiming he or she can guarantee a spot on the waiting list, improve your chances of selection for the waiting list, or ensure that you will receive any benefits from the HADC.

What happens after I submit the application for the Waiting List?

A confirmation number will be displayed on your screen when you have successfully completed the application. The confirmation will also be emailed to your email address you provided in the application. Applicants should print your registration confirmation for your records.

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 an 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.

When will I be notified whether I made the Tenant-Based Waiting List?

On or before December 20, 2018, everyone who successfully submitted an application will receive notification by email to inform them as their position on the Tenant-Based Waiting List. If you do not provide a valid email address, the Housing Authority will be unable to reach you.

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

No. If selected, you will be contacted 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, 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 application. The user ID and password for the Applicant Portal is the same one used when submitting your application. Applicants on a waiting list will be required to visit the Applicant Portal at least once a year to verify their contact information.

If I make the Tenant-Based Waiting List will I lose my spot on another waiting list?

No. If you make the Tenant-Based Waiting List and you get notified for another Waiting List first, you will keep your spot on the other Waiting List. Even if you reject assistance from one program, you can still keep your spot on the other Waiting List.

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, when will I receive housing assistance?

As housing assistance becomes available, the HADC will contact you 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.

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