Family Unwrapping

ALBANY HOUSING AUTHORITY

Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge from worry, a happy place to dwell. It’s a place to raise your family, build a community bond, and enjoy life.  For 80 years, the Albany Housing Authority (AHA)of the City of Albany, Georgia, has offered families a place to call home. AHA gives families an affordable, simple, decent place to live and a path to self-sufficiency.  AHA currently provides housing for more than 1,200 Albanians daily.

 

The need for affordable housing in Albany Georgia continues to grow and exceeds the housing assistance currently available through the Albany Housing Authority.  Therefore AHA uses a waiting list to administer its housing programs to eligible families.  AHA now have one waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (formerly known as Section 8) and 23 waiting list in the Albany area for its Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), and Public Housing properties. For more information about our properties, visit our locations page.

The first step in the application process is to complete and submit a pre-application. Pre-applications are accepted through the application web portal.  Once you have applied, you may check your status on the waiting list at (can we have a link where people sign in to check their status on the list). All duplicate applications will be deleted. If you need assistance finding a free public computer lab in your area, please see our list of computer resources.

AHA does not provide emergency housing. If you need affordable housing assistance while on one of our waiting lists or if you were unable to get onto one of our waiting lists, please take a look at our community partners list for possible emergency housing. 

Required Information:
– Full names
– Social Security Numbers (if applicable)
– Birth dates
– Estimated Gross Income
– The entire pre-application must be completed and submitted before an applicant can be placed on a waiting list.

Depending on the needs of your family and the availability of property, you may be invited to complete the application. Once you receive an appointment, you will be expected to provide the following:

  • Picture ID

  • Social security cards

  • Birth certificates for all household members. 

  • Proof of income such as recent paycheck stubs, letters from agencies providing financial support such as the Social Security Administration, and other documentation necessary to confirm income and family composition.

Once we have all of the above information, you will be asked to sign an authorization for release of information that will allow the AHA to conduct checks to verify your income, obtain a criminal background check, and to obtain a credit check. Previous landlords will also be contacted for reference information if appropriate. 

To be determined eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a satisfactory record of meeting past financial obligations, especially in the payment of rent.

  • Not have income that exceeds 80% of the median income limit established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • Have no record of disturbing neighbors, destruction of property, unsafe living habits, and no history of criminal activity, which, if continued, could affect the health, safety, or welfare of other residents.

  • Not currently be a resident of public housing operated by the Albany Housing Authority.

 

Once your name reaches the top of the list, and a unit becomes available, AHA will offer you a unit in one of our properties. You will be given three days to sign the lease and make your deposit. If you are unable to make your deposit or you decline to accept the apartment offered, you are removed from the waiting list for that specific development. 

PUBLIC HOUSING/PBRA

AHA has 4 Public Housing/PBRA properties totaling 279 apartments in Albany, Georgia. Eligible applicants may choose where they would like to live. Residents pay about 30 percent of their monthly household income toward rent. Residents also have access to community development programs that assist with education, job training, youth programs, health, and wellness, as well as many other programs. The goal is to help each resident maximize their potential and, if possible, move back into the private rental market without assistance.

AHA is in the process of converting its Public Housing units to Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD). RAD is a tool that allows public housing authorities like AHA to make improvements to its properties and improve residents’ lives, while also ensuring the features remain affordable to low-income families for the next 40 years. Although very similar, there are slight differences between the programs.

For a list of our properties click here.

 

HCV (SECTION 8)

AHA has more than (number of vouchers) Section 8 vouchers, also known as Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV). Families in the HCV program have the choice and responsibility to select their housing location within AHA’s jurisdiction and with a landlord that is willing to accept vouchers. HCV participants pay between 30-40 percent of their monthly household income toward rent. The voucher covers the rest of the rent and sends the payment directly to the landlord. The HCV waitlist is now closed.