FAQ

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.

Is the Housing Authority part of the City-County government?

No, the Augusta Housing Authority is a separate agency. Our one connection to the city government is that the Mayor selects the members of our Board of Commissioners.