Gainesvile Housing Authority
715 E. California Street
Gainesville, Cooke County, TX


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Gainesvile Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on September 28th, 2016.

Please note: The Gainesvile Housing Authority covers Cooke County, TX.

The Gainesvile Housing Authority (GHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Call the GHA at (940) 665-1747 to request an application be mailed, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Pick up an application at the GHA office, located at 715 E. California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240. 
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address above.

Please note: The GHA prefers applicants submit the application in person in case there is incomplete information.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Local, working, elderly, victim of domestic violence.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, call the GHA at (940) 665-1747.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Gainesvile Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 416 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Gainesvile Housing Authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Gainesvile Housing Authority is among the 15% of Texas housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Gainesvile Housing Authority scored an average of 93 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 83 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Texas is 74.11.

Gainesvile Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Texas housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Gainesvile Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 5/10/10 Plan
2008 9/26/08 Plan
2007 10/5/07 Plan
2006 5/17/07 Plan
2005 3/31/06 Plan
2004 6/23/04 Plan
2003 6/3/03 Plan
2002 7/19/02 Plan
2001 11/28/01 Plan
2000 10/5/00 Plan