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Human Resources
How can I find out about employment opportunities with DHA?

Employment opportunity information may be obtained from:

  • Our website job listings.
  • Jobs postings on HireMojo.com.
  • Job postings through several online sources including Monster Jobs and Career Builder.
  • All postings are updated as positions become available.
How do I apply for employment with DHA?

Please use HireMojo to apply for the position. The job can also be found through several other sources including Monster Jobs and Career Builder.

What happens after I submit my application?

The application is forwarded to the Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department reviews all applications received and then forwards the qualified resumes to the appropriate manager for further screening. After the manager identifies the applicants to be interviewed, the selected candidates will be contacted to arrange interview appointments. Once a selection is made, all interviewed candidates will be notified of the decision. We only contact the persons we are interviewing.

How can I find out about the status of my application?

DHA receives a large number of applications for each vacant position through HireMojo. We will contact potential candidates via phone/e-mail to schedule interviews. All other candidates will be notified once a hire is completed via email through HireMojo that someone was selected.

How long will my application remain active?

Applications are only kept on file during the time that the position is active with HireMojo. If a new position is opened with us that you feel you qualify for you have to apply for that job through HireMojo.

When does recruitment for posted positions end?

We typically post positions for two weeks. If there is an exception to this length of time, it will be included in the position advertisement. DHA reposts jobs if an insufficient number of qualified applicants have applied for an opening. Once a sufficient applicant pool is created, no further applications are accepted.

Landlord
Does DHA refer tenants to landlords?

No. Landlords should list their properties on websites such as  www.georgiahousingsearch.org, www.socialserve.com, and www.affordablehousing.com.

Is DHA responsible if the tenant damages my property?

No. The Housing Authority is not liable for damages caused by any family. If the property is damaged, you should take pictures of the damages, obtain repair estimates or invoices for repairs, and take the family to court for damages beyond normal wear and tear.

Does DHA screen prospective tenants?

DHA screens prospective tenants through background, criminal, and/or credit check on any prospective tenant.

How do I become a Landlord?

Visit our Landlords section to learn how to become a Section 8/HCV Landlord. 

Project Based Rental Assistance - PBRA
When will I be considered for housing?

You can only be considered for housing when a vacant PBRA is available, and you reach the top of the waiting list. DHA cannot consider an applicant for housing.

 

Is DHA's PBRA waiting list open? Can I apply for PBRA?

No. DHA's waiting list is not open and applications are not being accepted at this time.  

How do I apply for the waiting list?

Check the DHA website periodically or advertisement in local newspaper.

Where do I go to update waitlist as a current applicant on the list?

DHA waiting list portal, by mail or email.

How often to do current waiting list select applicants?

Based Vacancy when this process starts.

Is there an age required for Oliver House applicants?

62

How long is the application process once you're notified your application has been selected?

This process can take 3 to 8 business days (based on DHA criteria and screen process).

Can I use the PBRA Program to live in another area?

No. The DHA PBRA is used only for DHA properties.

What is Project Based Rental Assistance?

Rental assistance for eligible families who live in specific housing developments or units. 

When will I be getting an apartment?

DHA cannot tell you the exact time or date when you will be able to interview for an apartment. DHA has a certain number of units available and it will all depend on when people move out of the units. Once a unit is vacated the DHA will start processing applications from the waiting list. Usually, ten at a time unless it is for the 4 and 5 bedrooms then it will be 5 applications at a time. We will continue to pull applications until we find a person who qualifies for the unit.

What are the qualifications?

Some of the factors to be considered in the screening are:

  •    Criminal Records
  •    Credit Records
  •    Rent Paying Habits
  •    Prior History as a Tenant
  •    Housekeeping Habits

and all other aspects of the applicant's ability to maintain the required responsibilities of the tenancy.

How can I obtain an application?

We are currently not accepting applications at this time. When we are you will be able to print it out from our forms page, but we will not accept an application via email or fax. You will either have to bring it in or mail it to:

Decatur Housing Authority
750 Commerce Drive Suite
Decatur, GA 30030

You will also be able to pick up an application that the same address.

Are you accepting any applications for the PBRA Program?

No, DHA is not accepting applications at this time. When the waiting list opens for PBRA there will be an announcement in the newspaper.

Do I need to get in contact with you if my information changes?

It is the responsibility of the Applicant(s) to immediately notify the Occupancy Unit, in writing, if any of the following changes occur after the Housing Authority has received the Pre-Application:

  •    Changes in address and/or telephone number
  •    Any addition to or removal of a member of your household.
  •    Any change in the source of family income. (Employment, SSI, etc.)
Section 8/HCV
When will the waiting list open again?

The waiting list will not open again until all applicants selected for the waiting list have been assisted. It may take several years to assist all applicants.

How can I apply for emergency housing?

DHA does not offer emergency housing. The waiting list is closed, and no applications are being accepted.

I am homeless and need housing. What can I do?

If you are homeless in DeKalb County, contact DeKalb County's Coordinated Entry number 404-687-3500 for assistance or the United Way, 211.

If you are homeless in another county, contact the United Way in your area. You may also visit HUD's website, www.hud.gov/findshelter 

How can I check to see if I am on the waiting list?

You may call the Waiting List Line, 404-270-2116 and follow the prompts. If you are on the waiting list, your waiting list number will be available. If you were not selected for the waiting list, there will be no record of you.

I did not receive email notification of my status. What should I do?

You may call the Waiting List Line, 404-270-2116 and follow the prompts. If you are on the waiting list, your waiting list number will be available. If you were not selected for the waiting list, there will be no record of you.

Does DHA have waiting list preferences?

Yes. Applicants residing in DeKalb County, applicants who work in DeKalb County and households with non-elderly disabled persons are given a preference. Applicants who claim a preference will go to the top of the waiting list according to their lottery selection number.   

If I was selected for the waiting list, how will I know my waiting list number?

Applicants selected for the waiting list may call the Waiting List Line, 404-270-2116, and follow the prompts to verify their position on the waiting list.

Please understand that a person's position on the waiting list can change due to changes in the local preferences of applicants on the waiting list. No telephone or email confirmations will be given and no in person confirmations will be given at the DHA office

If I was selected for the waiting list and my contact information changes, should I notify DHA?

Yes. If you were selected to be on the waiting list, you must notify DHA in writing if your email address and/or mailing address changes after your application date. Your mailing address is used to contact you at the time of selection from the waiting list. You may be removed from the waiting list if you fail to respond.

Submit your new contact information in writing via email  or mail your new contact information to

Decatur Housing Authority
750 Commerce Drive Suite 400
Decatur, GA  30030

*No changes in contact information will be accepted by phone.

If I am considered for housing, how will I be notified?

Your mailing address is used to contact you at the time of selection from the waiting list and you are being considered for housing. You may be removed from the waiting list if you fail to respond. Failure to notify DHA of your address change may result in your removal from the waiting list.

Do I have to live in DeKalb County when I am selected from the waiting list and issued a voucher?

Yes. You must live in DHA's jurisdiction for twelve months after receiving your voucher. 

I am on the waiting list, but I need emergency housing now. Can I be assisted?

Waiting list applicants are considered for housing when they reach the top of the waiting list. DHA cannot consider an applicant for housing.

Is DHA's PBRA waiting list open? Can I apply for PBRA?

No. DHA's waiting list is not open and applications are not being accepted at this time.  

How do I find housing?

Several websites offer property listings including  www.georgiahousingsearch.org, www.socialserve.com and www.affordablehousing.com.  We encourage you to research unit rental amounts, the quality of school districts, neighborhood crime statistics, areas of low poverty, areas of low minority concentration, location of employment opportunities, proximity to educational opportunities and access to public transportation when searching for housing.

My relatives give me money each month. Can I include the contributions as income?

No, DHA does not include contributions as income at lease-up. 

Does DHA refer tenants to landlords?

No. Landlords should list their properties on websites such as  www.georgiahousingsearch.org, www.socialserve.com, and www.affordablehousing.com.

Is DHA responsible if the tenant damages my property?

No. The Housing Authority is not liable for damages caused by any family. If the property is damaged, you should take pictures of the damages, obtain repair estimates or invoices for repairs, and take the family to court for damages beyond normal wear and tear.

Is DHA responsible for preparing the lease?

Yes DHA is responsible for preparing the lease.

Does DHA screen prospective tenants?

DHA screens prospective tenants through background, criminal, and/or credit check on any prospective tenant.

What number am I on the waiting list?

Please call (404) 270-2116 and follow the instructions.

Why does my number move up and down on the waiting list?

The waiting list is based on two factors. The time and date of your original application and preference codes.  If a person's preference code changes then their place on the waiting list will also change, which will cause other people's numbers to change on the waiting list.

Are you accepting any applications for the PBRA Program?

No, DHA is not accepting applications at this time. When the waiting list opens for PBRA there will be an announcement in the newspaper.