Applying for Housing
To be considered for eligibility and suitability in the public housing program, an applicant family must:
- Qualify as a family as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the AHA.
- Have income at the time of admission that is at or below HUD-specified income limits.
- Qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status of family members.
- Provide social security number information for family members as required.
- Consent to the AHA’s collection and use of family information as provided for on AHA consent forms.
In addition, the AHA must determine that the current or past behavior of household members does not include activities that are prohibited by HUD or the AHA.
Federal requirements prohibit housing authorities from providing assistance to the following individuals:
- Persons who are subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program.
- Persons who are convicted for the manufacture or sale of methamphetamines.
Outline of Process
- Applicant family applies and is placed on the waiting list based on total preference points and date/time of application.
- Applicant family is selected once they are at the top of the waiting list and a unit is expected to come available.
- Applicant family verifies preferences still apply at time of selection and submits intake certification and required documentation and consent forms.
- Applicant family is interviewed.
- An eligibility determination is made and the applicant family is notified of the determination and subsequent steps.
|Preference Description||Required Documentation|
|Head of Household or spouse has been consistently employed at least 20 hours per week at current minimum wage for a minimum of the previous 3 months.||Submit the 3 most recent continuous months of pay stubs. For those who are self-employed, submit income tax records documenting income for the immediate, previous 3 months.|
|Age 62+ or Disabled|
|Families where the Head of Household and spouse (if married) is a person age 62 or older or where the head and spouse (if married) is a person with disabilities (meeting the HUD/Social Security Administration's definition of disabled family).||Proof of age: Submit a valid state issued driver's license or birth certificate for Head of Household and Spouse (if married).
Proof of disabled family: Submit a current (last 60 days) SSA benefit verification letter for Head of Household and spouse (if married).
|Victim of Domestic Violence|
|Families that include victims of domestic violence.||Submit written verification from police, social service agency, court, clergy, physician, and/or public or private facility giving shelter and/or counseling to victims verifying that the most recent act of violence occurred within the past 24 months and the applicant has been or is being displaced as a result. Applicant family must certify that the abuser will not return to the household without the advance written approval of the AHA.|
|Head of Household is a registered voter within the areas of AHA's geographic operations.||Submit verification from the appropriate voter registration office that the Head of Household is a registered voter within the county where the housing application|
|Family displaced by a state or nationally declared natural disaster which has extensively damaged or destroyed the applicant's residence.||Submit documentation by the appropriate regulatory agency that the applicant has been displaced by a state or nationally declared natural disaster that has extensively damaged or destroyed the dwelling where the applicant has been residing.|
|Head of Household or spouse is currently enrolled and participating in a state-approved education training program that prepares the head of household or spouse for reentering the job market.||Submit documentation from the institution or accredited post-secondary education institution which states the Head of Household or spouse is currently enrolled and attending.|
|Head of Household or spouse is currently a member of Armed Forces or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces.||Submit verification from the applicable branch of service that the Head of Household or Spouse is currently a member of the Armed Forces or that they have been honorably discharged. (DD214)|
|Contact AHA Resident Support (706-425-5300) for course availability and/or approved courses. Do NOT select this preference if you have received confirmation to do so from the Admissions Coordinator.||Submit documentation from the AHA or AHA-approved program provider that course work or training has been successfully completed within the last 12 months by the Head of Household or spouse.|
Here is a simple walkthrough to help you get started:
- Click on the Applicant Login link.
- First time guests should choose Register Now.
- If you are a prior resident or prior applicant to AHA, you will need a registration code. If you do not know your registration code, you will need to contact AHA at 706-425-5304 to ask for your code.
- You must have a valid email address to create your portal account. Your email address will be your username and will serve as the primary means of communication about your application. If you need a free email address, you can get one at Google or Outlook.
- Once you have filled out the Personal Details and Account Information and accepted the Terms and Conditions, click the Register button. This will send an email to confirm the email address you entered. Once your user has been verified, you can login and begin filling out housing application.
After Applying for Housing
It is important to keep your application updated so you can be housed as fast as possible. Outdated information could cause more delays in getting housing.