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Atlanta Civic Circle Housing Affordability

Fulton County processed 80% of recent rental assistance applications, while tens of thousands still await aid from state

Downtown Atlanta's Fulton County government building. (Credit: Google Maps)

Fulton County has processed more than 80% of requests for emergency rental assistance (ERA) since the beginning of August, in stark contrast to the pace at which the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has dealt with its own ERA applications.

Between Aug. 2 and Dec. 12, Fulton adjudicated 10,287 of the 12,771 applications submitted by households in need, granting aid to 41.6% of them. Roughly 2,500 applications are still under review, county officials told Atlanta Civic Circle.

By contrast, as of mid-December, the DCA, which administers the statewide ERA program, had processed just over 16,000—about 32.7%—of its applications for federal rental aid money since the beginning of the year, leaving about 33,000 applicants still awaiting word on their requests and jeopardizing the housing stability of many renters.

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