Abilene Housing Authority

534 Cypress Street, Suite #200
Abilene, Taylor County, Texas 79602

Abilene Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Abilene, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Mainstream Voucher, Section 8 HCV Money Follows the Person (MFP), and Public Housing Money Follows the Person (MFP) programs. As of September 17th, 2019, Abilene Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Multi-County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Abilene Housing Authority serves Brown County, Callahan County, Coleman County, Comanche County, Eastland County, Fisher County, Haskell County, Jones County, Kent County, Knox County, McCulloch County, Mitchell County, Nolan County, Runnels County, Scurry County, Shackelford County, Stephens County, Stonewall County, Taylor County and Throckmorton County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Multi-County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Abilene Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Multi-County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Abilene Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

To apply:, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, disabled.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (325) 676-6385.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (325) 676-6385.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/16/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Abilene Housing Authority (AHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least June, 2017, until further notice.

Please note: The AHA Public Housing program offers 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom units.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: 

  • Age 62 or over
  • Disabled (Disclosure of a disability is optional, but it is necessary to receive a Disabled Preference.)
  • MFP Program Preference - For individuals exiting institutions (hospital, nursing home, intermediate care facilities, and in limited cases psychiatric facilities)
  • Displaced by Disaster
  • Non-Elderly Disabled - For applicants with any family member that is disabled, age 18-61, that are in one of the following groups: 1. Transitioning out of institutional and other segregated settings, 2. At serious risk of institutionalization, 3. Homeless. 4. Or at risk of becoming homeless. (For more information click here.)

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

As of June 2017, the approximate wait by bedroom size: "1 bedroom 24-36 months; 2 bedroom 24-36 months; 3 & 4 bedroom 12-24 months."

For more information, visit the AHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (325) 676-6385 or by mail to Abilene Housing Authority, 1149 ES 11th Street, Abilene, TX 79602.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/16/2019.

About Abilene Housing Authority

More information about Abilene Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.abileneha.org/. Representatives of Abilene Housing Authority may be available by phone at (325) 676-6385. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/17/2019, it is not known if Abilene Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Abilene Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Abilene Housing Authority manages 1,561 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,368 17 26 135
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $461 $331 $886 $373
Monthly Cost $630,035 $5,626 $23,033 $50,340

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Abilene Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 33% having issued approximately 49 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $11,200 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 45% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

43% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 30% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Abilene Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 47% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Abilene Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $277 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $530. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $97.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by Abilene Housing Authority

Rebecca Lane

3402 Rebecca Ln
Abilene, TX
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Apartment Communities managed by Abilene Housing Authority

Prairie Gardens Apartment Homes

2109 N 6th St
Abilene, TX
$326-783
1-2 BR
62+
HCV Welcome
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