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Athens Housing Authority

805 N. Palestine
Athens, Henderson County, Texas 75751

Athens Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of May 15th, 2021, Athens Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Athens Housing Authority serves Henderson County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Henderson County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

Open Athens Housing Authority 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.

Athens Housing Authority Phone: (903) 675-1898.

Open Now: Henderson County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Athens Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from February 15, 2021 at 9:00 am CT, until June 1, 2021.

To apply during the opening period, pick up an application from the AHA, located at 805 North Palestine, Athens, TX 75751, on February 15, 2021 until February 16, 2021; from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

It is not known how to submit an application, but the AHA public notice states "Applications will not be emailed or faxed."

There are no preferences.

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

For more information, contact the AHA.

Sources: This information was verified by the Texas Housing Association on February 15, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Henderson 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) 675-1898.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/23/2021.

About Athens Housing Authority

Representatives of Athens Housing Authority may be available by phone at (903) 675-1898. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-1:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-1:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 05/15/2021, it is not known if Athens 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 Athens Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Athens Housing Authority manages 210 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 VASH
Vouchers 179 31
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $391 $452
Monthly Cost $69,939 $14,010

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Athens 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 15% having issued approximately 13 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 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 $11,008 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 59% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% 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.

51% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 75% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Athens Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 13% include at least one person with a disability. 17% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% 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, 49% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 Athens Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $298 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $432. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $78.

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.