The Atlanta Housing Authority was founded in 1938. Atlanta had been the site of the first public housing project in the country in 1936, Techwood Homes.
The AHA provides affordable housing for low-income families in Atlanta. Today, the AHA is the largest housing agency in Georgia and one of the largest in the United States, serving approximately 50,000 people. 12 communities are owned by the AHA and overseen by private property management firms, including 10 senior high-rises and 2 low-rise complexes for families. They are home to 1,793 households.