About Big Spring Housing Authority

The Big Spring Housing Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Big Spring, Texas.

The Big Spring Housing Authority serves Big Spring.


About the Big Spring Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Big Spring Housing Authority manages 247 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers 247
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $466
Monthly Cost $115,210

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Big Spring 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 40% having issued approximately 7 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 20 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $11,521 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% 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 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

9% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

62% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 14% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Big Spring Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

42% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 4% 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 Big Spring Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $274 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $713. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $118.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Big Spring Housing Authority

1002 N Main St
Northcrest Apartments is a 68 unit low income housing apartment community in Big Spring.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
1700 S Lancaster St
Canterbury Apartments is a 179 unit low income housing apartment community in Big Spring.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
1905 Wasson Rd
Park Village - Big Spring is a 76 unit low income housing apartment community in Big Spring.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance