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Public housing waiting list to be closed

Last day for new applicants is Sept. 30

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Due to high demand, Augusta Housing Authority will again close its waiting list to new applicants on Sept. 30.

The waiting list, which the authority reopened in May, had 2,936 families signed up as of Thursday, according to Director of Management Sevi Roberson.

The economic downturn has increased demand for public housing and applications have come in from across the country, she said.

“It’s not just folks in the Richmond County area; it’s a lot of folks from out of state,” Roberson said.

The elderly, disabled, working and homeless get priority, but otherwise, applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The authority’s waiting list for Section 8 rentals has been closed since a three-day opening in February attracted some 5,400 applications, she said.

The lists typically are closed when those at the end can expect about a 24-month wait, said Roberson.

The authority has four areas of public housing with 2,238 units. New gated apartment community The Legacy at Walton Oaks, built at the former site of Underwood Homes, will add 75 senior units when its first phase fills, but the apartments are reserved for senior citizens.

The mixed-income development will add 14 public housing units in each of its next three planned phases.

Turnover is low across most of the authority’s developments, with Peabody, Hal Powell and Overlook Apartments, Ervin Towers and Olmstead Homes among the most popular, according to Roberson. Turnover is slightly higher at Cherry Tree Crossing and Dogwood Terrace, she said.

To apply for public housing before the Sept. 30 deadline, visit Augusta Housing Authority at 1425 Walton Way or apply online at


• M.M. Scott-Allen Homes, 825 Spruce St.

• Oak Pointe Apartments, 730 East Boundary

• Cherry Tree Crossing, 1694 Hunter St.

• Peabody Apartments, 1425 Walton Way*

• Hal Powell Apartments, 2244 Broad St.*

• W.C. Ervin Towers, 1365 Laney-Walker Boulevard*

• Olmstead Homes, Milledge Road

• Jennings Place, Olive Road

• Dogwood Terrace, 2101 15th Ave.

• Overlook Apartments, 2325 Overlook Road

• Barton Village (some areas)

*Senior Housing

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Iwannakno 09/09/11 - 11:55 pm
Does anyone else see a

Does anyone else see a problem with this? Want to cull the list? Start drug testing anyone who resides in public housing or is on the public dole. If I have to pass a drug test to earn my check the least they can do is pass one for not earning one.

fd1962 09/10/11 - 08:44 am
How exactly does Public

How exactly does Public Housing define the word 'family,' as in '2936 families signed up as of Thursday??' Is that like herd, pack, litter?

david jennings
david jennings 09/10/11 - 08:59 am
Yes iwanna,I see a big

Yes iwanna,I see a big problem.I go along with drug testing.I dont know what is required to recieve assistance for instance income,job or ability to work,but only those who are truley in need like disabled or elderly should qualify.People who make bad choices like single parents with children should be looking for support from the father first.Cigarettes and alchohol no and grandma cant bring along all the grown grandkids who dont go to school and wont work.I believe that would cut the list in half.

billyjones1949 09/10/11 - 10:47 am
Drug testing should be a must

Drug testing should be a must and anyone outside of Richmond County-NO. Let the other counties take care of themselves.

bbqn2003 09/10/11 - 07:41 pm
This is a huge problem!! You

This is a huge problem!! You have so many able bodied individuals who abuse the system. They have their boyfriends living with them while we are footing their bills.

asoldier 09/10/11 - 09:02 pm
In order to remain in the

In order to remain in the military I am subject to random drug tests. If it is a requirement for me I think it should be a requirement to anyone who applis for or lives in public housing.

tanbaby 09/10/11 - 10:24 pm
unfortunately all who posted

unfortunately all who posted above me wasted their will never change....only hard working or just working) people will have to pass a drug test (anything other than that may be misconstrued as "discrimination"....) reality sux.....

jackrussell 09/10/11 - 10:38 pm
Drug testing would violate

Drug testing would violate their rights... Rights to get high off the weed and/or crack she got from her baby daddy(ies) who are slinging it, or from the SSI she gets on top of the other assistance, or from the money she gets for all the high dollar merchandise she stole and hawked. Our country really needs to re-assess the money it doles out so freely to people who should be earning it instead with a J-O-B! Not only should there be mandatory drug testing, there should be mandatory long term birth control... If you miss you depo shot every 3rd month, no check!

cityman 09/11/11 - 02:19 pm
The Augusta housing authority

The Augusta housing authority call in advance to alerts the tenants that they will be inspecting but in other states they do spot checks. Unannounced checks are effective...what is wrong with our local housing authority people...could it be that they do not live next door to a section 8 tenant so they do not care?

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