Local Preferences [24 CFR 960.206]
Public housing agencies are permitted to
establish local preferences and to give priority
to serving families that meet those criteria.
HUD specifically authorizes and places
restrictions on certain types of local
preferences. HUD also permits the Augusta
Housing Authority to establish other local
preferences, at its discretion. Any local
preferences established must be consistent with
the Augusta Housing Authority plan and the
consolidated plan, and must be based on local
housing needs and priorities that can be
documented by generally accepted data sources
[24 CFR 960.206(a)].
Augusta Housing Authority Policy
Augusta Housing Authority will use the following
In order to bring higher income families
into public housing, the Augusta Housing
Authority will establish a preference
for “working” families, where the head,
cohead, or sole member is
employed at least 20 hours per week. As
required by HUD,
families where the
head and spouse, or sole member is a
person age 62 or older, or is near
elderly –age 55, or is a person with
disabilities, will also be given the
benefit of the
[24 CFR 960.206(b)(2)].
Preference will also be given to
who are homeless and/or
have been involuntarily displaced [24
When your name comes to the top of the waiting
list, you will need at a minimum: Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards
and Proof of Income for each family member.
Generally, it takes an average
between 6 months and five-years before an applicant's name reaches the top
of the waiting list and housing assistance is received. Check the Frequently Asked Questions page to find out other things that
could cause a delay or denial of assistance.
Additional Public Housing
Tenant-Based Assistance Program
Section 8 Project-Based Assistance
NOT accepting new applications
The Section 8
Rental Assistance Program offers two types of assistance.
Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance
involves vouchers that are used to subsidize rent in
privately owned rental units. In Section 8
Project-Based Assistance, the client may select from qualified units in specific housing
in order to receive assistance. Clients who participate in the
Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance are
also encouraged to participate in the AHA's Family
The Augusta Housing Authority administers a
total of 5,519 units in a combination of Rental Choice Housing Vouchers and
site based assistance programs. The 5,519 units consist of:
3,328 Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance), that include
42 Project Based Vouchers at The Highlands West and 44 Project Based Vouchers at Maxwell House Apartments,
2,064 Georgia HAP Administrators Program, 92 Project Based-Moderate Rehabilitation Program Vouchers
and 35 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH).
When the list is opened, notices are placed in
local newspapers and the information is given to community service agencies.
To accommodate the large number of applications received when the waiting
list is opened, AHA may use a special telephone number or other method to
allow the most people possible to apply. Generally, when the list is opened
it takes only a short-time, often just a couple of days, to get as many new
applications as we can process and serve. To place an application, you do
not need to bring any documents. However, when your name comes to the top of
the waiting list, you will need at a minimum: Birth Certificates, Social
Security Cards and Proof of Income for each family member.
Frequently Asked Questions page to find out other things that could
cause a delay or denial of assistance.