Pharr Housing Authority
104 W Polk Avenue
Pharr, Hidalgo County, TX

956-787-1822 http://pharrha.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Pharr Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 21st, 2016.

The Pharr Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon for one day only, on August 11, 2016, from 8:30 am until 11:30 am CT. It was last open in February 2016.


Pharr, TX is about 240 miles south of San Antonio, TX.

To apply during the opening period, complete an application at the Jose "Pepe" Salinas Memorial Civic Center Small Hall, located at 1011 W. Kelly Ave., Pharr, TX 78577.

The following documents are required when submitting your application: Photo ID, Social Security Number, birth certificate, income information for all members of the household.

There are no preferences.

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

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, read the PHA public notice, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (956) 787-1822.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Pharr Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 8 projects which contain 235 affordable rental units. It also administers 828 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Pharr 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 Pharr Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (22%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (78%) to that of all housing authorities in Texas, Pharr 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, Pharr Housing Authority scored an average of 91 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2007 and a low score of 73 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Texas is 74.11.

Pharr 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 Pharr Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 9/23/11 Plan
2010 9/24/10 Plan
2009 10/2/09 Plan
2008 9/2/08 Plan
2007 8/27/07 Plan
2006 8/31/06 Plan
2005 9/28/05 Plan
2004 9/22/04 Plan
2003 7/30/03 Plan
2002 10/30/02 Plan
2000 10/18/00 Plan