Affordable Housing for Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Public Housing Application Information

Admissions and Occupancy

The Athens Housing Authority meets the needs of individuals and families searching for affordable rental options. However, it is important to note that we are unable to provide emergency assistance housing.  In addition, although many housing authorities manage the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program in their communities, the Athens Housing Authority does not. See left sidebar “Section 8 Housing Assistance” for contact information.

Qualifying for a Housing Unit

There are a few steps to help us serve you to determine if you qualify for an apartment.  Please review the following criteria to see if you are eligible:

  • Be a family as defined in the Athens Housing Authority’s Admission and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) or as superseded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations.
  • Meet the HUD requirements for citizenship and immigration status. Housing assistance is available only to individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or noncitizens that have eligible immigrations status.  At least one family member must be a citizen, national, or noncitizen with eligible immigration status in order for the family to qualify for any level of assistance.
  • Have an annual income at the time of admission that is not more than the income limits established by HUD (see chart below).

 

Family Size Your total family income must be less than …
1 $31,450
2 $35,950
3 $40,450
4 $44,900
5 $48,500
6 $52,100
7 $55,700
8 $59,300

Meet HUD’s and the Athens Housing Authority’s standards for tenant selection criteria which include, but are not limited to, credit report, criminal background, and past rental history.

  • Have no outstanding debt with another housing authority or other subsidized housing program.

Lifetime Prohibitions from Receiving Housing Assistance

Federal requirements prohibit Housing Authorities from providing assistance to the following individuals:

  • Persons who are subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a State sex offender registration program.
  • Persons who are convicted for the manufacture or sale of methamphetamines.

Applying for a Housing Unit

We accept applications for housing year round; however, we do have a waiting list. The non-site specific waiting list is organized by bedroom size. Our waiting list will only be closed in accordance with Athens Housing Authority policies and procedures, which allow for public notification.

Pre-Application

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may visit our office at 300 S. Rocksprings St. to obtain an application; or, call 706-425-5300 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday to have an application mailed; or, click here to download a pre-application and email it to us at athenshousing@athenshousing.org.

Before completing your pre-application, please read all directions carefully

  • Pay close attention to the information about preferences.  If your preferences are not reported correctly at the time of pre-application, it can delay the process for you.

Submitting your pre-application

Before submitting your pre-application, please review it carefully.  Make sure you have done the following:

  • checked all necessary boxes accurately;
  • filled in all blanks and answered all questions accurately;
  • checked al preferences that apply to you; and,
  • signed the form and that your signature is legible.

Once completed and signed, your pre-application may be returned to the Athens Housing Authroity by the following methods:

  • Hand delivery to the AHA at 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens GA  30606; or,
  • Mail to the AHA at P.O. Box 1469, Athens GA  30603-1469; or,
  • Fax to the AHA at 706-425-5299; or,
  • Scan it and email to athenshousing@athenshousing.org.

All pre-applications are date and time stamped when they are received in the office.  The date and time of the fax or email record will be utilized for pre-applications sent in this manner.  Please note:  if a pre-application is illegible, unsigned, and/or with enough information for palcement on the waiting list, it will be returned to applicant for completion and resubmission.

After you have submitted your pre-application

Once you submit your pre-application, you will be placed on the waiting list based on the preferences you have claimed and certified to, and, the date and time the completed pre-application is received by the AHA.  You may call 706-425-5294 and follow the menu directions to learn your placement on the waiting list. Your position on the waiting list may change due to preferences claimed by others submitting pre-applications.

After submitting your pre-application, it is extremely important for you to notify the AHA about any changes in your address, telephone number, preference status or family composition or income. This may be done by coming to the AHA office at 300 S. Rocksprings St. Athens GA and completing a pre-application update form.

Application Interview

When a family is selected from the waiting list, the AHA will notify the family by first class mail.  The notice will inform the family about the date and time of the interview; who is required to attend; and, the orginal documents that must be brought to an interview.

Required Documents

All documents brought to the interview must be originals.

Documents you must bring include:

1. Proof of Preference Eligibility (See Pre-Application for description of preferences)

You must bring proof of your preference eligibility.  If you fail to provide documentation of your eligibility for all preferences you have claimed and/or it is determined you were not eligible for the preference claimed, the interview will be cancelled and you will be placed back on the waiting list based on your actual preferences.

2. Picture IDs for all adult family members;

3. Original birth certificates for all family members;

4. Original Social Security cards for all family members including children;

5. Income verification for all income your family receives.  Examples of income verification include:

  • Wages – pay stubs for 12 weeks.
  • Social Security benefits – printout from Social Security office that is current within the past 30 days.
  • Veteran’s benefits – printout of benefits from VA office that is current within the last 30 days.
  • TANF benefits – printout from Department of Family and Children’s SErvices (DFCS) that is current within the last 30 days.
  • Contributions such as:

Child Support – bring court ordered paperwork and payment history for previous 12 months.

Alimony/Palimony – bring letter from provider with name and signature and 12- month payment history

Other: Any and all other sources of income for the head of household or any family member must also be reported.  This includes weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly contributions made by an outside person or organization.

6. Information regarding marital status such as a marriage license, divorce, or separation papers.

7. Childcare expenses

8. For elderly/disabled households, bring information about medical expenses you anticipate paying in the next 12 months.

The above information must be brought to your interview appointment; otherwise, your application cannot be processed.

 Once the Athens Housing Authority has verified all information provided by the family, a determination will be made about eligibility for the public housing program.

Eligibility Determination

Once your application, credit report, criminal background check and landlord reference have been reviewed and verified, a determination of your eligibility will be made.  You will be notified in writing and delivered by U.S. Mail regarding this determination; this is why it is critical that we always have your current address.

During this time, if there are any changes in your income, contact information, or family status, it is essential that you come into the office to meet with an Occupancy Specialist staff member in the Admissions and Occupancy office and submit documentation to verify these changes. 

 

Equal Housing Opportunity LogoThe federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, gender, and disability. The Fair Housing Act ensures that all persons receive equal housing opportunity. For more information about the Fair Housing Act and your rights, go to www.hud.gov/offices/fheo.

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