Coronavirus Important Updates

FAQ

Section 8 Availability

The following is a list of units in Richmond County that are available to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher holders. These units are not pre-approved and any unit that you select will be required to pass an inspection. Please note that this list does not include every unit available to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher …

Can I receive housing if I don’t have children?

All household sizes can apply for housing, which includes single household applicants.

If my name comes to the top of the waiting list – can I be sure I’ll get housing assistance?

Once your name comes to the top of the waiting list, AHA staff will review the following checklist to determine eligibility. Currently owes the Augusta Housing Authority money Determination of criminal background check Evicted from Public Housing If the answer to any of the above show a negative history of eviction or criminal activity, or …

I need housing immediately, can you help me?

The Augusta Housing Authority does not provide emergency housing. Action Ministries of Augusta, Equal Opportunity Authority, Interfaith Hospitality Network. Salvation Army or Beulah Grove Resource Center are all good places to start looking for crisis assistance. Also, the United Way of the CSRA has a 211 telephone number that can put you in contact with …

Can I have pets in public housing?

Yes, you can have a pet that fits within AHA regulations. The regulations require a $300 pet deposit and set some limits on the type and size of the pet.

Can I have family stay with me in public housing?

You can have visitors, and you are responsible for their code of conduct.  Guests will be permitted to stay on the premises for only fourteen days.

What areas are considered public housing?

The Public Housing Program is divided into four (4) areas which consist of Allen Homes, MM Scott, Oak Pointe, Cherry Tree Crossing, Peabody Apartments, Hal Powell, Ervin Towers, Olmstead Homes, Jennings Place, Dogwood Terrace, Barton Village (some areas) and Overlook Apartments.

Once I received a voucher can I move (port) to another jurisdiction?

Yes, portability applies to families moving out of or into the Augusta Housing Authority’s jurisdiction within the United States and its territories. A person who receives a voucher must maintain residence within AHA jurisdiction for a minimum of one year or provide proof of residence in our jurisdiction at the time of initial application in …

If I get a voucher, can I live anywhere I want?

The AHA jurisdiction consists of Augusta-Richmond County, and there are restrictions on where you live with a voucher – for example, the landlord must agree to be part of the program, the lease must be approved, and the unit must be inspected to ensure that it meets Housing Quality Standards set by HUD.

But I know somebody who just got a Voucher – why did they get one?

Vouchers do become available when a client chooses to leave the program or is terminated for not following the rules and regulations. These vouchers are then issued to the person who is next on the waiting list.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, effective today all inspections for the time period of 1/7/2021 through 1/22/2021 have been canceled to protect our staff, landlords/agents, and clients. At your earliest convenience, please contact your assigned case manager to reschedule the inspection(s) to a later date. In addition, re-inspections that are currently on the Inspection Calendar will not be abated during this time period. It is anticipated that AHA will begin conducting those previously scheduled re-inspections on 1/22/2021.
Please visit the Coronavirus Important Updates page for information regarding Public Housing Work Orders.