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Rental Assistance (Section 8 or Housing Choice Vouchers)

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 level;

• 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 participants and;

• 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.

During the term of the HAP contract, and subject to the provisions of the HAP contract, the PHA must make monthly HAP payments to the owner on behalf of the family, at the beginning of each month. If a lease term begins after the first of the month, the HAP payment for the first month is prorated for a partial month.

Therefore, the HAFC will make every effort to ensure that payments are made by the 10th working day of each month.


Click here if you are a current HAFC Housing Choice Voucher holder.

Click Here for a list of Voucher properties available in unincorporated Fulton County, East Point and College Park.

Click Here for links to Rental Assistance pages at other Metro Atlanta public housing authorities' web sites.

Click Here for information about the voucher application process.