Rental Assistance (Section 8 or Housing
What are housing choice vouchers?
The Housing Choice Voucher program is the Federal Government's
major program for assisting very low-income families, the
elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary
housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is
provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants
are able to find their own housing, including single-family
homes, townhouses and apartments.
The Housing Authority of Fulton County administers over 2,200
Housing Choice Vouchers.
How affordable is voucher-assisted Housing?
The formula used in determining rental payment is the highest
of the following:
• 30% of monthly adjusted income (after allowed deductions)
• 10% of monthly gross income
• $50 minimum rent
The Section 8 waiting list is now closed.
The purpose of the Housing Choice
Voucher Program is to assist very low and lower income
families in renting safe, decent and sanitary dwelling units
in the private rental housing market. Unlike the public housing
program, the Authority generally does not own and manage the
property involved in the Section 8 program. The Section 8
program is designed to achieve four objectives:
• To provide improved living conditions for very low-income
families while maintaining their rental payments at an affordable
• To promote freedom of housing choice and integrate lower
income and minority families into mainstream society;
• To provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for eligible
• To provide an incentive to private property owners to rent
to lower income families by offering timely assistance payments.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program operates much like
a normal market program. It provides participants
the freedom and flexibility to select housing in the neighborhood
of their own choosing, including the unit that they reside
in before receiving their assistance, and provides landlords
the right to select or reject an applicant, as long as the
rejection of the applicant is not discriminatory in nature
as defined by the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments Act.