Mesquite Housing Office
1616 N. Galloway Avenue
Mesquite, Dallas County, TX


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Mesquite Housing Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 25th, 2016.

The Mesquite Housing Office (MHO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in January 2016, and prior to that in 2008.

Mesquite, TX is about 10 miles east of Dallas, TX.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

The following preferences were identified: Disabled, working family, terminated from affordable housing assistance due to lack of funds.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the MHO website, or call the office at (972) 216-6424.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Mesquite Housing Office administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 1,404 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Mesquite Housing Office is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Mesquite Housing Office 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, Mesquite Housing Office scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 78 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Texas is 74.11.

Mesquite Housing Office 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 Mesquite Housing Office.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 7/25/11 Plan
2010 8/12/10 Plan
2009 8/5/09 Plan
2008 9/4/08 Plan
2007 7/25/07 Plan
2006 11/22/06 Plan
2005 10/7/05 Plan
2004 9/2/04 Plan
2003 9/2/04 Plan
2002 9/10/02 Plan
2001 11/8/01 Plan
2000 12/18/00 Plan