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Georgia agency gets 177,000 applications for housing aid, but only has 13,000 spots on waiting list

A Georgia state agency has received more than 177,000 applications for housing subsidies after opening applications for the first time since 2021. But the Georgia Department of Community Affairs says it will place only 13,000 of those on a waiting list once it determines which applications are eligible and complete. The state took applications online for four days last week.

The program, formerly known as Section 8, provides money to low-income families to rent an apartment or house. The agency placed 633 applicants in the 2021-2022 budget year. The list had been closed since 2021 because of the high number of people already waiting. The state program covers 149 counties. The remaining 10 Georgia counties have local programs.

Associated Press