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 augustapha.org.