About Brazos Valley Council of Governments

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Bryan, Texas.

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments serves Leon County, Burleson County, Grimes County, Robertson County, Madison County, Washington County, Brazos County, Centerville, Jewett, Somerville, Caldwell, Snook, Navasota, Hearne, Calvert, Bremond, Franklin, Madisonville, Brenham, Bryan, College Station, Buffalo, Anderson, Bedias, Burton, Hilltop Lakes, Iola, Kurten, Lake Bryan, Leona, Marquez, Midway, Millican, Normangee, Todd Mission and Wixon Valley but does not serve Navasota and Brenham.

Brazos Valley Council of Governments Waiting Lists

Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Brazos Valley Council of Governments covers the counties of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes (excluding the City of Navasota), Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington, TX (excluding the City of Brenham).

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on August 7, 2015 at 12:00 am CT, and is open indefinitely. It was last open in November 2014.

 

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

 

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

 

This waiting list has the following preference: Elderly (62+), veteran, resident of the Counties of Brazos, Burleson, Leon, Washington, Grimes, Robertson, or Madison, TX.

 

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list. We have contacted the BVCOG for confirmation, and will update our page when more information becomes available.

 

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 BVCOG website, or call the office at (979) 595-2800.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.


About the Brazos Valley Council of Governments Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Brazos Valley Council of Governments manages 1,547 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 1,517 6 24
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $487 $536 $708
Monthly Cost $738,954 $3,218 $17,001

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Brazos Valley 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 13% having issued approximately 116 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,192 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% 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 72% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 50% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% 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.

41% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 65% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Brazos Valley Council of Governments Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 47% 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

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 54% with 2 bedrooms and 18% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Brazos Valley Council of Governments voucher holders in 2016 was $299 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $673. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $150.



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.