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Atlanta Civic Circle Housing Affordability

Still chipping away at backlog, state denies almost half of rental assistance applicants

Outside the DCA's metro Atlanta office. (Credit: Emilia Weinrobe)

While the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) wades through its backlog of roughly 33,000 emergency rental assistance (ERA) applications, the state agency is denying nearly as many applicants as it’s approving.

As of early December, the DCA had received nearly 50,000 applications for federal rental aid. It had processed just over 16,000 of them—less than one-third of the total—approving 54% and denying assistance to the other 46%, according to public records obtained by Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), a national renter advocacy organization.

Already under fire for administering one of the slowest-spending emergency rental assistance programs in the country, the DCA now faces questions about why thousands of applicants are being rejected. DCA officials did not respond to Atlanta Civic Circle’s requests for comment.

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  1. Anon December 24, 2021 4:40 pm

    They are being rejected because the vast majority of people receiving aid don’t need it. They are working the system. I work for an apartment owner, and we have people who have received many thousands of dollars and really don’t need it. They just stopped paying rent because they could. I have assets with over $300K of receivables. For everyone ten that receive aid, one actually needs it. But there are probably nine people out there somewhere that need help and aren’t getting it.Report

  2. Pam Mathis December 30, 2021 10:50 pm

    My application was denied a few days after email arrived for my landlord stating payment was ready to be paid and requested him to supply documents. He didn’t respond DCA then requested my ACH form to issue my rental help funds for me to pay directly to my landlord. Then on a Friday morning December 12 I received a notice asking for a statement that stated all arrears to be submitted by the next day which was a Saturday the 13 I was unable to submit the documents needed it such short notice and my application was denied on the Sunday 14th. I have emailed called and emailed again and no response has been made to me I’m going to be homeless and I started my application on July 2 2021.Report


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