- State Data Overview
Across Georgia, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts322,338Or24%Renter households that are extremely low income-213,289Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$26,500Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)$43,618Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.77%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
- State Level Partners
NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer
202.662.1530 x208 | [email protected]State Partners
Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. (Georgia ACT)
250 Georgia Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Bambie Hayes Brown, President and CEO | [email protected]
Become an NLIHC State Partner
NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.
Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]
- Housing Trust FundHTF Implementation Information
NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Sidney Betancourt with any questions.Current Year HTF Allocation
$19,218,923HTF State Resources
Draft Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan Pages 71-82 (PDF)
HTF Application Instructions and FAQs (PDF)
2018 HTF NOFA (PDF)
2018-2022 Submitted Consolidated Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on pages 160-168 (PDF)
Draft 2018-2022 ConPlan, with 2017 HTF Allocation Plan on page 159 (PDF)
HUD-approved 2017 HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
Draft HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
HUD-Approved HTF Allocation (PDF)
Draft HTF Allocation Plan by Department of Community Affairs dated June 27, 2016 (PDF)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs public input session presentation slides dated March 29, 2016 (PDF)
Georgia-specific Model Allocation Plan by NLIHC (PDF)
Recording of Georgia-specific Allocation Plan advocacy webinar presented by NLIHC on March 29(WMV)
Allocation Plan advocacy webinar slides from March 29th presentation by NLIHC (PDF)NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy
President and CEO
Georgia Advancing Communities TogetherState Designated Entity:
Georgia Department of Community AffairsOfficial Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:
Housing Finance & Development
HOME Program Manager
State Entity Webpage
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
State Housing Profile
State Housing Profile: Georgia (PDF) (JPG)
Congressional District Housing Profile
Congressional District Profile: Georgia (PDF)
Research and Data
National Housing Preservation Database
The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.
Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Georgia and Nationwide
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Georgia and Nationwide
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet).
In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.
You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected].
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
No information at this time.
State and Local News
As rents increase across the state, some South Georgia residents are experiencing delays in receiving rental assistance. The South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness is overwhelmed with people seeking help with filing for assistance with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Unlike in many metro areas, rental assistance in South Georgia is processed through the backlogged state system – not through a city or county agency – leading to delays and evictions.
DeKalb County announced on June 7 that it has received an additional $25 million in federal emergency rental assistance funds, which will allow the county to reopen applications for its Tenant-Landlord Assistance Program.
Updated on June 14, 2022
Cobb County announced on April 13 the availability of nearly $7 million in additional emergency rental assistance (ERA2) funds. The county’s nonprofit partners have reopened their application portals and phone lines.
Updated May 23, 2022
The Washington Post reports that management of the Brooks Crossing apartments – a 224-unit complex in the Atlanta area – has filed 427 evictions against its tenants since April 2020. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis announced in July 2020 an investigation into why Brooks Crossing’s management company, the Florida-based Ventron Management, and several other large real estate firms pursued evictions despite federal efforts, including the federal eviction moratoriums. While the CARES Act eviction moratorium was in effect, Ventron filed 99 evictions against tenants of Brooks Crossing.
Dekalb County saw 945 evictions filed from December 12-18 – the steepest increase in eviction filings in the five-county Atlanta area. The county was granted an additional $14.8 million in federal emergency rental assistance (ERA) funds to reopen the Tenant Landlord Assistance Coalition. When the program stopped accepting applications last month, there were about 5,700 outstanding applications.
Updated on January 28, 2022
The Georgia Recorder discusses the shortcomings of Georgia’s emergency rental assistance (ERA) program. Georgia’s 9% ERA distribution rate through September was far below the 30% threshold set by the Treasury Department. In its ERA performance improvement plan, Georgia outlined the steps it will take to speed the distribution of aid, including creating a more user-friendly online application portal, increasing community outreach, and streamlining the application process. Georgia is transferring $74 million in ERA to four local rental assistance programs that have distributed their entire ERA1 allocation.
Updated on December 20, 2021
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports evictions across Georgia are increasing as the state’s distribution of emergency rental assistance (ERA) lags behind 38 states and D.C. in the amount disbursed. In the three months since the federal eviction moratorium ended, evictions in Georgia have averaged about 10,000 each month.
According to the Savannah Morning News, over 2,000 evictions have been filed in Chatham County since the federal eviction moratorium ended on August 27. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, all 14 renters who received eviction notices owed less than $3,000.
The Associated Press reports Georgia officials administering emergency rental assistance (ERA) submitted a program improvement plan to the Treasury Department outlining steps it will take to distribute funds more efficiently. By mid-November, Georgia had distributed less than 10% of its $550 million allocation. NLIHC’s report on ERA spending singled out Georgia and several other states for their slow disbursement of funds and large populations of renters. Tenants in Georgia report having difficulties reaching program administrators and facing onerous documentation requirements.
DeKalb County closed its rental assistance program to applicants on November 24. There were over 5,000 pending applications, all vying for the remaining $21.6 million set aside for the tenant-landlord assistance coalition.
Updated on December 13, 2021
Georgia Public Radio reports slower-spending states, like Georgia, were required to submit a program improvement plan to the Treasury Department by November 15 explaining how they will address barriers to distributing Emergency Rental Assistance funds. NLIHC’s new report says Georgia’s slow distribution of rental assistance is concerning due to the state’s large renter population.
Updated on November 22, 2021
According to the Georgia Recorder, nonprofit organizations working to keep Georgia renters in their homes say their efforts are being hindered by the inefficiency of the state’s rental assistance program and the lag time between application and response. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs plans to submit a performance improvement plan to the Department of Treasury by November 15 after the state’s program failed to meet the federal ERA expenditure deadline.
Updated on November 8, 2021
Nonprofits in Macon, Georgia are seeing a rise in homelessness following the end of the federal eviction moratorium. Service providers report an influx of families seeking shelter at the Brookdale Warming Center, and the United Way of Central Georgia reports receiving an increase in calls for housing assistance.
Updated on November 03, 2021
Axios Atlanta reports that as thousands of Atlanta residents face eviction, City Councilman Michael Julian Bond introduced a proposal that would provide eviction defense services to low-income tenants. As of October 1, there have been 17,552 evictions filed in Atlanta since the pandemic started.
Updated on October 25, 2021
The City of Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta announced that the Emergency Housing Assistance Program reopened on October 4 to distribute an additional $12 million in federal emergency rental assistance. The program is on track to distribute all funds – totaling $15.2 million – by mid-October.
The Southern Poverty Law Center reports on an increased number of evictions in extended stay hotels in Atlanta. Long-term residential hotels are often the only source of stable, safe housing for low-income people, disproportionately people of color, who would otherwise be homeless. The Atlanta Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Efficiency Lodge in Decatur after they forced tenants from the hotel. The lawsuit argued that because the residents lived there for months and even years, they should be given the same rights as tenants in apartments or homes. A Superior Court judge ruled they must be considered tenants under the law.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Henry County has spent $6.35 million in federal emergency rental assistance funds.
Updated on October 19, 2021
The Atlanta City Council approved on September 20 approximately $12 million in federal emergency rental assistance (ERA2) funds. The council also extended its contract with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to distribute ERA1 and ERA2 funds through January 31, 2022.
Updated on October 5, 2021
Eviction hearings resumed on September 10 in Macon Judicial Court. According to Judge Pamela White-Colbert, there were more than 70 eviction cases that day, with about 30 dismissals.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports DeKalb County has distributed nearly $8 million through its COVID-19 rent relief program. While this number is a fraction of the $21 million in federal ERA funds the county was originally allocated, officials say it suggests the pace of distribution has accelerated in recent weeks.
Evictions are now being enforced in nearly all countries throughout metro Atlanta. According to an attorney with the Housing Court Assistance Center at the Fulton County Courthouse, about 500 new eviction cases were filed in the county in the last week.
Updated on September 21, 2021
A pastor and his wife in Macon went door-to-door on behalf of the United Way to get the word out about available resources for people facing eviction. The United Way says more than 500 evictions are filed in Macon, and local homeless shelters are full.
Updated on September 14, 2021
The Chief Judge of the DeKalb County Superior Court signed an order Friday stopping all evictions in DeKalb for 60 days. The local eviction moratorium is the first of its kind in Georgia. NLIHC’s Diane Yentel tweeted that other states, cities, and counties should immediately follow DeKalb County’s decision to enact local eviction protections.
Updated on August 30, 2021
NPR reports that DeKalb County’s emergency rental assistance (ERA) program caps payments for back rent at 60%, leaving many renters who are approved for ERA at risk of eviction because they remain behind on their rent, often causing their landlord to reject the ERA offer. NLIHC Senior Research Analyst Rebecca Yae says that capping payments at 60% is far too restrictive. “Of all the other programs that I've seen, this is definitely one of the more shocking ones. This is extremely low, unfathomable; they really should be paying the full back rent," says Rebecca Yae.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium could potentially unleash a wave of pent-up evictions around Atlanta. Struggling tenants and advocates in Cobb County are calling on officials to do more to help keep renters housed. Activists say evictions are on the rise at Cobb County properties that accept housing vouchers.
Updated on August 3, 2021
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says housing experts are concerned about a deluge of evictions in Georgia when the federal eviction moratorium is lifted on July 31. Between April 2020 and mid-June of this year, over 74,000 evictions had been filed in five Atlanta counties. Many more tenants owe back rent, with estimates ranging from 184,000 to 353,000 Georgians behind on their rent.
Updated on July 15, 2021
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that DeKalb County has distributed only 3.5% of the $21 million it set aside earlier this year for emergency rental assistance. Advocates and some county leaders are asking DeKalb officials to reconsider their strategy and act with greater urgency.
Amid the pandemic, HOPE Atlanta has expanded services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. According to HOPE Atlanta, calls for housing assistance have tripled, and the need for food assistance skyrocketed 800%.
Updated on June 14, 2021
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that coronavirus relief funds have helped move 450 formerly homeless individuals into apartments, many with one-year leases. Another 190 people are set to move into homes within the next several weeks.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Georgia tenants can use an online portal to determine if they are eligible for the state’s $522 million emergency rental assistance program and apply to have up to one year of their rent covered.
Despite the federal eviction moratorium, tenants in Richmond County have continued to be evicted from their homes during the pandemic.
The Newnan Times-Herald reports that despite the federal eviction moratorium, some landlords continue to move forward with evictions. Chief Constable J.T. Moore created an affidavit that landlords must sign before the eviction takes place. By signing the affidavit, the landlords state that they are aware of the federal eviction moratorium and that violations of it can be punished by heavy fines. For many of the “writs of possession” scheduled with a CDC affidavit, tenants move before the physical eviction takes place.
There are 8,000 eviction cases pending before the DeKalb magistrate’s court, and untold numbers of tenants have been forced from their housing because landlords refused to renew their leases or because they were unaware of the CDC eviction protections. DeKalb received $21 million in federal rent relief funds, and two days after opening applications, at least 7,000 people had applied for aid.
Updated on March 31, 2021
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that six hours after DeKalb County opened applications for its new $21 million emergency rental assistance program on February 12, more than 2,000 individuals had already applied. The county also received 17,000 website visits, 3,7000 emails, and 350 calls related to the program. A group of court officials, Atlanta Legal Aid, the DeKalb County Marshal’s Office, Goodwill of North Georgia, and mediators from the Dispute Resolution Center are part of a coalition helping administer the relief program.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that thousands of Augusta families have fallen through the cracks of the federal eviction moratorium. The Richmond County Marshal’s Office served 2,357 households with eviction papers during 2020 in every month except April. Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners recently approved over $6 million in federal rental and utility assistance.
Updated on February 22, 2021
Fulton County is developing its plan to distribute the $18 million in rental assistance it has received from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The county plans to launch the rent relief program on March 1. DeKalb County will launch its $21 million rent relief program on Friday, February 12.
Updated on February 17, 2021
WABE discovered that several Georgia judges are refusing to acknowledge the CDC eviction moratorium in court.
Updated on February 08, 2021
As many as 160,000 households across Georgia could be at risk of eviction in January if the CDC eviction moratorium is not extended. Without significant rental relief programs, housing advocates worry that many renters will be left homeless when eviction protections are lifted.
Updated on January 15, 2021
WABE reports that the administration of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is proposing reducing funding for an emergency COVID-19 rental assistance program by half – from $22 million to $11 million. Since the pandemic began, ten thousand eviction notices have been sent in Fulton County.
Updated on December 9, 2020
A group of tenants rallied on October 7 to protest evictions and deplorable living conditions at a DeKalb County complex.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports an extended stay motel company with ties to former Governor Roy Barnes is facing a lawsuit after forcing several long-time residents to move out last month. Activists and former residents protested outside the Efficiency Lodge in DeKalb County as another wave of renters behind on their payments were told to leave. While not explicitly stated in the law, some lawyers argue hotels cannot and should not remove residents without going through the formal court eviction process. Learn more about why extended-stay hotel evictions may not be legal.
October 14, 2020
The Associated Press reports a Georgia property owner is among those suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the federal eviction moratorium.
Updated on October 5, 2020
Nearly a dozen families residing at an extended hotel in DeKalb County were evicted, but the Housing Justice League and DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson report that anyone who has lived at the property longer than 90 days cannot legally be evicted under the federal moratorium. Commissioner Johnson noted that many people, including landlords, do not fully understand the CDC eviction moratorium.
Updated on September 15, 2020
The Georgia Recorder reports that eviction hearings are rising across Georgia after the supplemental unemployment benefit expired at the end of July and the 30 days’ notice of eviction required by the CARES Act ended on August 24.
WABE reports that as federal eviction protections have expired, tenants in metro Atlanta are feeling the effects.
Updated on September 2, 2020.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on August 20 that the city has allocated $22 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program is expected to help more than 6,700 Atlanta residents with rental, utility, and/or security deposit assistance. Applications for the rental assistance program are now available at: https://relief.uwga.org/.
Georgia Public Broadcasting “On Second Thought” host Virginia Prescott spoke with housing experts to examine the state’s looming eviction crisis and the long-term impacts it could have on Georgia residents.
Updated on August 25, 2020.
More than 10,000 evictions have been on hold in metro Atlanta during the pandemic, but courts in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton, and Cobb counties have either recently resumed landlord-tenant hearings or will resume hearings in the coming days. Fulton, usually considered Georgia’s busiest eviction court, has a backlog of over 9,000 cases and will hold virtual hearings, rather than in-person hearings, until at least November.
Updated on August 19, 2020.
WABE reports that while in Georgia many courts have paused in-person eviction hearings for the time being, thousands of evictions have been filed in Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties since March.
Updated on August 11, 2020.
Crossroads Community Ministries, an organization that operates like a post office for people who are experiencing homelessness and don’t have a permanent address, has continued to provide services throughout the pandemic. The executive director spoke with WABE about the challenges that the organization has encountered due to COVID-19.
The Atlanta City Council approved legislation on June 15, directing millions of dollars in CARES Act funding to support people experiencing homelessness and prevent evictions. City officials are allocating $22 million for rental assistance to prevent evictions and homelessness. An additional $7 million will be allocated to provide care for people experiencing homelessness to mitigate COVID-19 effects. Read the legislation here.
Updated on June 22, 2020.
The city of Atlanta has acquired 250 hotel rooms to house people experiencing homelessness who are either older than 65 or dealing with underlying health conditions. The city is paying $3 million to lease the hotel rooms for three months until August 1, with approximately half of the funding coming from philanthropic dollars and half from emergency funding.
Atlanta has tested more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness, uncovering approximately 30 new positive cases in shelters. The total number of people experiencing homelessness who have tested positive is at least 55 as of April 20.
The Savannah Homeless Authority has partnered with the City of Savannah and Chatham Emergency Management Agency to deliver meals-ready-to-eat, or MRE’s, to the city’s more than 35 homeless camps Thursday morning.
State Level Guidance
No information at this time.
Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
The Georgia Recorder reports that eviction hearings are rising across Georgia after the supplemental unemployment benefit expired at the end of July and federal eviction protections expire on August 24. More than 10,000 evictions have been on hold in metro Atlanta during the pandemic, but courts in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton, and Cobb counties have either recently resumed landlord-tenant hearings or will resume hearings in the coming days. Fulton, usually considered Georgia’s busiest eviction court, has a backlog of over 9,000 cases and will hold virtual hearings, rather than in-person hearings, until at least November.
Updated on August 28, 2020.
More than 10,000 eviction cases have been on hold in metro Atlanta during the health crisis, but courts in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties resumed landlord-tenant hearings this week. Fulton and Cobb plan to restart next week. Judges generally plan to start with cases that were filed before the pandemic hit but have not yet been ruled on.
Updated: August 12
No statewide order was ever issued. The State Supreme Court had tolled deadlines in pending cases from March 14-July 14 (allowing for local discretion). This extended the time limit tenants and landlords had to respond to eviction cases but did not prevent cases. All proceedings related to evictions have continued throughout the pandemic.
Updated: August 1
In the third week of July, 28.3% of adults in Georgia reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 465,246 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.
Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett Counties
6,000 evictions have been filed across these three counties since the pandemic began in mid-March. Housing advocates are concerned that many tenants did not know their chance to submit a defense in their eviction case and request a hearing (which could delay the process by a few weeks) had been extended from seven days to several months, but that the extra time expired last week. So far, tenants in Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett have submitted letters to request hearings in only one-fifth of those cases.
Updated: July 29
According to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 3 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.
2,000 eviction cases are pending in Fulton County.
Updated: July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb