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Central Texas Council of Governments

2180 North Main
Belton, Bell County, Texas 76513

Central Texas Council of Governments is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of June 12th, 2021, Central Texas Council of Governments has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Central Texas Council of Governments serves Bell County, Coryell County, Hamilton County, Lampasas County, Milam County, Mills County and San Saba County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Central Texas 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.

Central Texas Council of Governments Website: https://ctcog.org/.

Central Texas Council of Governments Phone: (254) 770-2300.

COVID-19 Update:

As of June 7, 2021, the CTCOG phone answering machine message states "The offices are currently closed to the public."

Open Soon: Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon.  Applications will be accepted from June 14, 2021 at 8:00 am, until June 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the CTCOG website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CTCOG public notice, on June 7, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba 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 CTCOG Housing Assistance, located at North Main Street Belton, TX 76513 or call (254) 770-2422. Starting June 14-15, 2021 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/08/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) Section 8 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from March 1, 2021 at 8:00 am CT, until further notice. 

Please note: According to the CTCOG, "To qualify for the Mainstream Voucher, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be non-elderly (between the ages of 18-61), AND
  2. Have an adult member with a verifiable disability, AND
  3. Is either experiencing homelessness OR in danger of experiencing homelessness."

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the CTCOG website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CTCOG on June 8, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, Mills, Milam, San Saba, and Hamilton 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 (254) 770-2301.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/08/2021.

About Central Texas Council of Governments

More information about Central Texas Council of Governments can be found on its website at https://ctcog.org/.

Representatives of Central Texas Council of Governments may be available by phone at (254) 770-2300. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/12/2021, it is not known if Central Texas 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 Central Texas Council of Governments Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Central Texas Council of Governments manages 2,343 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,123 13 5 62 137
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $520 $697 $401 $955 $364
Monthly Cost $1,102,982 $9,067 $2,007 $59,204 $49,826

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Central Texas 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 18% having issued approximately 124 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 35 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $13,067 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 60% 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, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 55% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 66% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Central Texas Council of Governments Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 51% 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 Central Texas Council of Governments voucher holders in 2016 was $357 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $576. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $131.



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.