Paris Housing Authority
100 George Wright Homes
Paris, Lamar County, TX

903-784-6651

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Paris Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 15th, 2015.

The Paris Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in May 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


To apply in 2015, applicants were required to complete the application online.

For more information call the PHA office at (903) 784-6651. 


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 Paris Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 234 affordable rental units. It also administers 293 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Paris 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 Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Paris Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (44%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (56%) to that of all housing authorities in Texas, Paris Housing Authority has a larger 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, Paris Housing Authority scored an average of 79 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 27 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Texas is 74.11.

Paris 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 Paris Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 5/19/10 Plan
2008 8/7/08 Plan
2007 5/25/07 Plan
2006 11/22/06 Plan
2005 12/15/05 Plan
2004 7/6/04 Plan
2002 3/7/03 Plan
2001 9/9/02 Plan
2000 7/20/00 Plan