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  1. What is the difference between Section 8 and Public Housing?
  2. Is the Calhoun Housing Authority part of the City-County government?
  3. When can I apply for public housing?
  4. Am I eligible to apply for housing?
  5. How does the waiting list work?
  6. How can I find out where my name is on the list?
  7. I applied for housing a couple of years ago, but now they say my name has been removed from the waiting list. How does that happen?
  8. What areas are considered public housing?
  9. Can I have family stay with me in public housing?
  10. Can I have pets in public housing?
  11. I need housing immediately, can you help me?
  12. If my name comes to the top of the waiting list- can I be sure I'll get housing?
  13. Once I am housed in public housing can I move (port) to another jurisdiction?

Here is a collection of the most frequently asked questions for CHA:
Q: "What is the difference between Section 8 and Public Housing?"
A: Someone receiving Public Housing assistance must live in one of Calhoun Housing Authority's communities. Someone receiving a voucher rents a privately owned unit, and gets help with their rent is considered Section 8.
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Q: "Is the Calhoun Housing Authority part of the City-County government?"
A: No, the Calhoun Housing Authority is a separate agency. The Calhoun Housing Authority makes a payment in lieu of taxes to the city.  Our one connection to the city government is that the Mayor selects the members of our Board of Commissioners.

 

 

Q: "When can I apply for Public Housing?"
A: You may apply for public housing when our waiting list is open.

 

 

Q: "Am I eligible to apply for Housing?"
A: The Calhoun Housing Authority accepts applications only from families whose head spouse is at least 18 years of age or emancipated minors under State law.

 

 

Q: "How does the waiting list work?"
A: The waiting list is maintained by the date and the time the person applies. The size unit for which the family is eligible is based on family composition.

 

 

Q: "How can I find out where my name is on the waiting list?"
A: To check the status of your application please go to http://www.hmsforweb.com/owl  to register for access. However, the information that is provided changes constantly. There is approximately a 2-6 months wait before your name reaches the top of the waiting list.


 

 

Q: "I applied for housing a couple of years ago, but now they say my name has been removed from the waiting list. How does that happen?"
A: The Calhoun Housing Authority mails correspondence to the address on the initial application. If the Calhoun Housing Authority cannot contact you, your name will be withdrawn from the waiting list. If you move or have a change in family composition or family income please come by Calhoun Housing Authority's administrative office and submit your updated information. If there is a period when the Calhoun Housing Authority cannot contact you, your name will have been removed from the waiting list.

 

 

Q: "What areas are considered public housing?"
A: The Public Housing Program is divided in six (6) areas, which consist of Cologa Homes, Willie McDaniel Homes, Hillhouse Homes, Alexander Homes, James Keene Homes, C.M. Jones Homes, and T.L. Shanahan Homes.

 

 

Q: "Can I have family stay with me in public housing?"
A: You can have family and visitors. You are responsible for their code of conduct. Guests will be permitted to stay on the premises for only 14 days per calendar year.

 

 

Q: "Can I have pets in public housing?"
A: Yes, you can have a pet that fits within Calhoun Housing Authority's regulations. The regulations require a $150 pet deposit for Family Units and a $50 pet deposit for Senior Units. There limits on the type and size of the pet.  The Calhoun Housing Authority will accept payments on the pet deposit.

 

 

Q: "If I need housing immediately, can you help me?"
A: The Calhoun Housing Authority does not provide emergency housing. Providence Men's Mission can accommodate homeless males. Women and children must seek shelter in Bartow, Floyd, or Whitfield Counties. 

 

 

Q: "If my name comes to the top of the waiting list, can I be sure to get housing?"
A: Once your name comes to the top of the waiting list, Calhoun Housing Authority’s staff will review the following checklist to determine eligibility.

  • Currently owes the Calhoun Housing Authority money for vacated rent or charges.
  • Determination of criminal background check.
  • Evicted from Public Housing

If the answer to any of the above shows a negative history of eviction or criminal activity, or you owe ANY Public Housing Authority money, this will delay your public housing assistance.  Inability to obtain utilities services in your name may delay the process or limit the available housing areas. 

 

 

Q: "Once I am housed in a public housing dwelling, can I move (port) to another jurisdiction?"
A: No, portability is not offered in Public Housing.