Ark-Tex Council of Governments

4808 Elizabeth Street
Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas 75501
(903) 832-8636

Ark-Tex Council of Governments is a public housing agency in Texarkana, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Ark-Tex Council of Governments serves Bowie County, Cass County, Delta County, Franklin County, Hopkins County, Lamar County, Morris County, Red River County, Titus County and Upshur County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, Titus, and Upshur County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Ark-Tex Council of Governments Waiting Lists

Closed: Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, Titus, and Upshur County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in May, 2018; and before that 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.

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

For more information, visit the ATCOG website, or call the office at (903) 832-8636.

Last Updated on 11/30/2018.

About Ark-Tex Council of Governments

More information about Ark-Tex Council of Governments can be found on its website at http://www.atcog.org/.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at http://ark-tex.pha-web.com/wlstatus.aspx.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/26/2019, it is not known if Ark-Tex Council of Governments 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 Ark-Tex Council of Governments Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Ark-Tex Council of Governments manages 1,256 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 1,238 18
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $448 $825
Monthly Cost $555,172 $14,843

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Ark-Tex Council of Governments

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 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 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.