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Links to all programs relating to housing offered by Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs.

Links to housing counseling services in Georgia (includes renting, buying, and foreclosure).

 First-time homeowner education [back to top]

  • First-time Homebuyer, a website from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Everything you need to finance a new home, with links to training and information on how to avoid scams. 
  • Georgia Dream Homeownership Program of the Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs homeownership page for buyers, lenders, and real estate agents. Includes information on local initiatives like the PEN program (helps Georgia protectors, educators, and nurses buy homes) and the Georgia Dream Homeownership Program (help for low-to-moderate income buyers).
  • Predatory lending in Georgia website from US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. How to avoid it, steps to take if you should become a victim.
  • Check the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance to be sure that a mortgage broker or lender is licensed to conduct business in Georgia and to find records of outstanding legal actions against brokers and lenders.
  • Habitat for Humanity homeowner services. The Atlanta affiliate of Habitat partners with potential low-income buyers and volunteers, has a Homeowner Services Department to make sure buyers do what is necessary to keep the home they get, and offers workshops on financial matters and home repair. It is partly funded by the ReStore which sells discounted home supplies. 

 Renting [back to top]

  • Rental help in Georgia, page from HUD, with information on local law about tenant rights, information on finding help with utility bills, and how to find units for rent in rural areas and units for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Georgia Housing Search, for Georgians needing access to affordable rental housing. Includes Section 8 listings. Listings are not prescreened by Georgia DCA. Provides property location, rents, amenities, and features to make a unit accessible for individuals with disabilities.
  • How to apply for an apartment through Atlanta Housing.
  • Landlord-Tenant Handbook. Answers to frequently asked questions about tenant-landlord relations under the law in Georgia. Georgia DCA also offers a Tenant-Landlord Hotline at 404-463-1596 or 800-369-4706.
  • Beware of false websites claiming to register you for Section 8 housing. This is a known scam. You will know it's fake because there is never a fee to register. Read more.

 Emergency shelter [back to top]

  • Find out services offered by the Gateway 24/7 Center. See contact information.
  • Call the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless Homeless Assistance Hotline at   404-447-3678 to be linked with shelter, resources, and referrals.
  • United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta's 211 service.
  • The Mad Housers is a private group that has built individual shelters for homeless Atlantans since 1988.

 For Researchers [back to top]

U.S. Housing Market Conditions is a quarterly HUD publication containing statistics on market conditions, with a summary table of current and historical data. Also includes overviews of economic and housing market trends by geographic region, and feature articles. For HUD-sponsored research in general, look in HUDUser.

The Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia pulls some state-level housing data

Resources on housing from www.census.gov. Vacancies, construction, cost, distance from work, and more were questions asked on the long form. There is also a link to data back to the 1940 census.

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