Hidalgo County Housing Authority
1800 N. Texas Boulevard
Weslaco, Hidalgo County, TX

956-969-5865 http://hidalgocha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Hidalgo County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Hidalgo County Housing Authority (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on August 3, 2016 at 8:00 am CT, and will remain open indefinitely. It was last open in June 2015.


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

To apply, pick up an application on the first and second Wednesday of each month at the HCHA office, located at 1800 N. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596, from 8:00 am until 11:30 am.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered on the first and second Wednesday of each month to the HCHA office, at the address and hours above.

The following documentation is required when submitting the application: Social Security Card of all household members. All adult household members must be present when submitting the application.

This waiting list has the following preference: Veterans

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, visit the HCHA website, or call the office at (956) 969-5865.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Hidalgo County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 55 affordable rental units. It also administers 716 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Hidalgo County Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Hidalgo County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (7%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (93%) to that of all housing authorities in Texas, Hidalgo County Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Texas.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 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, Hidalgo County Housing Authority scored an average of 89 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 99 in 2008 and a low score of 70 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Texas is 74.11.

Hidalgo County 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 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 Hidalgo County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/5/12 Plan
2011 9/16/11 Plan
2010 6/24/10 Plan
2009 7/10/09 Plan
2008 4/29/08 Plan
2007 6/4/07 Plan
2006 8/4/06 Plan
2005 7/28/05 Plan
2004 6/23/04 Plan
2003 7/3/03 Plan
2002 8/19/02 Plan
2000 7/26/00 Plan