For the first time in years, the Housing Authority of DeKalb County or HADC in Georgia announced on Friday that it is opening its Section 8 waiting lists. The section 8 program administered in Dekalb County is called the Housing Choice Voucher Program and provides rental assistance to low-income individuals or families. The last time a metro Atlanta Housing Choice Voucher Program opened up was in January when the Atlanta Housing Authority selected 10,000 new applicants for its waiting lists. In previous years, metro area housing authorities required paper applications be submitted. In 2010 when East Point opened its waiting list, thousands of people overwhelmed the agency causing a near riot. It looks as if Dekalb County has learned a lesson or two from East Point’s mistakes.
The HADC waiting lists that will open up are for tenant-based; a program where eligible families may choose any approved rental that meet their needs and project-based; housing for a particular property affiliated or contracted by HADC. The Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list’s pre-application will open on April 28, 2014 and will close on April 30. The applications can only be submitted online at HADC’s website, www.dekalbhousing.org.
Applicants may apply for one or both of the waiting lists. A total of three thousand applicants for each waiting list will be accepted through a lottery. Only one application may be submitted for an eligible applicant and they will have an option to apply for one or both waiting lists. A valid email address will also be required when submitting an application. Starting on April 28, 2015 a link will be available on HADC’s website to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or emancipated and provide eligibility information such as household size and income, dates of birth and social security numbers for each family member.
Along with the lottery system used to select the three thousand applicants, HADC will give preference to applicants who reside and or work in Dekalb County. Applicants who require assistance in filling out an application because of disability or need a translator may call HADC’s waiting list hotline between April 28, 2015 and April 30 at 404-270-2590 or applicants using TDD or TTY may dial 7-1-1. HADC will also provide a list of sites where applicants who do not have internet access may go to file their waiting list pre-application online.
There is no cost to submit a pre-application or be accepted into the program. Three thousand applicants will be selected using a computerized random selection on or before May 11, 2015. Applicants selected for one or both waiting lists will be notified by email. Securing a spot on a waiting list is not a guarantee to being approved for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, you will still have to meet eligibility requirements as stated by HADC. You can find answers to most of the questions you might have about the Housing Choice Voucher Program on HADC’s website.