About Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority

The Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Texarkana, Texas.

The Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority serves the state of Texas.

Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, Titus, Upshur, and Wood County, Texas Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

Please note: The Ark-Tex Council of Governments covers the Counties of Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, Titus, Upshur, and Wood, TX.
The Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in October 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 ATCOG website, or call the office at (903) 832-8636.

Last Updated on 10/25/2016.


About the Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority manages 1,209 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 1,196 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $421 $1,958
Monthly Cost $504,053 $25,459

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Ark-Tex Council of Governments 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 10% having issued approximately 119 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 15 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $12,645 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 60% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

58% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 94% of all households were headed by a female.

77% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 76% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

19% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 Ark-Tex Council of Governments Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $317 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $482. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $160.



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.