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Ark-Tex Council of Governments

4808 Elizabeth Street
Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas 75501

Ark-Tex Council of Governments is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of June 16th, 2021, Ark-Tex Council of Governments has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

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 List Status
Multi-County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Mt. Pleasant Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Gladewater Rental Assistance Demonstration Open Until Further Notice

Open Ark-Tex Council of Governments Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Ark-Tex Council of Governments Website: https://atcog.org/.

Ark-Tex Council of Governments Phone: (903) 832-8636.

COVID-19 Update:

As of February 3, 2021 the ATCOG website states "As we navigate the evolving impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our communities, we are temporarily closing our office to the public to help limit person-to-person contact."

Open Now: Multi-County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 1, 2021, until June 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list may have any of the following preferences:

  • Terminated from ATCOG's HCV program due to insufficient program funding.
  • HOH, spouse, or co-head is a participant in an internship program of a public or non-profit agency within the PHA's jurisdiction for a minimum of 26 hrs. a week.
  • HOH, spouse, or co-head has worked at 9 months in the 12 months prior. Family whose HOH is elderly or disabled. Family with both a HOH and either a spouse/co-head is elderly or disabled
  • A veteran is a person that served in the active military, naval, or air service who was discharged/released honorable. A surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried.
  • Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red Tiver, Titus, Upshur, Wood.
  • The applicants self-certify the options that apply to them (homeless, victim of domestic violence, or Hope First participant).
  • Families living in SAFE T

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the ATCOG website.

Sources: This information was verified by the ATCOG Facebook page on June 8, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, Titus, and Upshur County, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (903) 832-8636.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/08/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Mt. Pleasant Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Mt. Pleasant is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 1, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list may have any of the following preferences:

  • Terminated from ATCOG's HCV program due to insufficient program funding.
  • HOH, spouse, or co-head is a participant in an internship program of a public or non-profit agency within the PHA's jurisdiction for a minimum of 26 hrs. a week.
  • HOH, spouse, or co-head has worked at 9 months in the 12 months prior. Family whose HOH is elderly or disabled. Family with both a HOH and either a spouse/co-head is elderly or disabled
  • A veteran is a person that served in the active military, naval, or air service who was discharged/released honorable. A surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried.
  • Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red Tiver, Titus, Upshur, Wood.
  • The applicants self-certify the options that apply to them (homeless, victim of domestic violence, or Hope First participant).
  • Families living in SAFE T

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the ATCOG website.

Sources: This information was verified by the ATCOG Facebook page on June 8, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (903) 832-8636.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/08/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Gladewater Rental Assistance Demonstration Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) Rental Assistance Demonstration waiting list for apartments at Gladewater is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 1, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list may have any of the following preferences:

  • Terminated from ATCOG's HCV program due to insufficient program funding.
  • HOH, spouse, or co-head is a participant in an internship program of a public or non-profit agency within the PHA's jurisdiction for a minimum of 26 hrs. a week.
  • HOH, spouse, or co-head has worked at 9 months in the 12 months prior. Family whose HOH is elderly or disabled. Family with both a HOH and either a spouse/co-head is elderly or disabled
  • A veteran is a person that served in the active military, naval, or air service who was discharged/released honorable. A surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried.
  • Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red Tiver, Titus, Upshur, Wood.
  • The applicants self-certify the options that apply to them (homeless, victim of domestic violence, or Hope First participant).
  • Families living in SAFE T

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the ATCOG website.

Sources: This information was verified by the ATCOG Facebook page on June 8, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (903) 832-8636.

Last Updated on 06/08/2021.

About Ark-Tex Council of Governments

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

Representatives of Ark-Tex Council of Governments may be available by phone at (903) 832-8636. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

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 06/16/2021, 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Ark-Tex Council of Governments manages 1,245 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,229 14 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $420 $1,264 $638
Monthly Cost $516,277 $17,700 $1,276

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.