How to Claim Rental Assistance In DeKalb County Immediately

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How to Claim Rental Assistance In DeKalb County Immediately

Paying rent isn't always easy, especially during times of crisis. This is no less true in Georgia's DeKalb County than anywhere else. If you're having problems with your rent, you can learn how to use DoNotPay to help get some today.

Rental Assistance in DeKalb County

DeKalb County provides rental assistance to county residents. A few rental assistance programs do this for county residents, some of them being:

Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition

The Dekalb Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition program offers low-income renters help with rent and rent-related expenses. Set up during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is available to any family (including single people, i.e., a family of one) who makes up to 80% of the median county income.

Housing Authority of DeKalb County

The Housing Authority of DeKalb County is a HUD-sponsored program meant to help low-income families find and keep housing. They process Section 8 vouchers as well as provide rental assistance. Additionally, they also have programs dedicated to helping home buyers.


While CaringWorks primarily focuses on providing resources for the unhoused in Dekalb County and the surrounding area, it also works to assist people who need help paying rent. As part of their homelessness prevention measures, it can assist people in things from substance abuse counseling, transportation, and more. They also refer applicants to government-sponsored grant programs and resources to assist in paying rent and utilities to avoid eviction.

How Do I Apply for Rent Relief in DeKalb County on My Own?

Applying for rent relief in DeKalb County will vary based on the program. While certain documents will likely be standard across most organizations (name, address, income documentation, etc.), the application process can vary greatly. For full instructions, check with the organization you're applying to so that you know how to do it right. Alternatively, you can have DoNotPay work for you and apply on your behalf.

If you'd like to try it on your own, though, here are some examples of what applying is like at different rental assistance resources in :

Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition

  1. Register with the State Court (you can do so here). This is optional, but it is the only way to e-file documents, which will greatly speed up your application.
  2. When registered, use the application form (here) to take down your information.
  3. Start the application process on the e-filing site, using the form you filled out and providing different information and documentation as prompted.
  4. Submit the application. You'll receive a confirmation message when it's done.

Housing Authority of DeKalb County

  1. Register an account to be ready for an application.
  2. Once registered, you'll need to wait for an open application period. Typically, this begins in late November of each year.
  3. When the application period opens, use the link to start the application.
  4. Fill out the forms and provide the necessary information, then submit the application.
  5. Once submitted, your application will be placed on the waiting list. Wait for your turn before doing anything else.


  1. If you're seeking rental assistance and are not currently facing homelessness, you can use CaringWorks to connect with a local branch of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
  2. Fill in the basic information on the page, then find the resource that best matches your needs (in this case, you would click the "Financial Services/Assistance" button).
  3. Scroll down to the "Rent Payment/Deposit Assistance" and click on the "Rent Payment Assistance" button.
  4. From here, you'll be shown different groups and funds that can offer you help, ranging from general to specific. Click the resource that best matches your needs, then fill out the information requested in the open form.
Name of ProgramType of AidPhone NumberEmailApplication Link
Tenant Assistance ApplicationTenant-Landlord Assistance


noneE-Filing State Court Application Link

Tenant Assistance Application

Housing Authority of DeKalb CountyHousing Aid(404) 270-2500

(404) 270-2500

noneApplicant Portal

Application Form

Who Is Eligible for DeKalb County Rental Assistance?

Requirements for receiving DeKalb County rental assistance vary by program. To know if you qualify for a specific program, check the requirements on their website, or get DoNotPay to sort out what you're qualified for and apply on your behalf. If you're looking for general guidelines for what's usually expected, though, here are some of the most common:

  • Must be at or below the poverty line.
  • Have evidence of major financial hardship within the last year (this may qualify you if your income is not normally below the poverty line, as well).
  • Be nearing homelessness or have already become homeless.

Apply for Rental Assistance in DeKalb County With DoNotPay

If you're having trouble applying for rental assistance on your own, or you just don't have the time to do it yourself, DoNotPay can help you out while expediting the process. Just follow these four quick steps to get started:

  1. Search for Rental Assistance on DoNotPay.

  2. Put together a list of your income, debts, expenses, and assets. If you need help accessing information like your credit report, DoNotPay can help you get your report.

  3. Let DoNotPay collect your basic information and compose a letter to your local housing authority requesting rental assistance.

  4. Lastly, DoNotPay will send your letter to your local housing authority.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

If you're having problems besides paying your rent, DoNotPay can still help you. Take a look at some of our other services you might be interested in:

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