Dallas County Housing Agency

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Closed: City and County of Dallas, Texas Section 8 HCV

The Dallas County Housing Agency (DCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in March, 2019; and before that in July, 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. 

There were no preferences.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

For more information, visit the DCHA website.

Last Updated on 06/11/2019.

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About Dallas County Housing Agency

2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX | Visit Website | (214) 819-1871

Dallas County Housing Agency provides affordable housing for up to 4,480 low and moderate income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program..

In addition, Dallas County Housing Agency offers other programs for eligible households, including:

  • Homeownership Voucher
  • Family Self-Sufficiency

Housing Authority Jurisdiction

Low-income housing managed by Dallas County Housing Agency is located in Dallas County, TX.

Households with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher managed by this housing authority must rent within its jurisdiction.

About the Dallas County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Dallas County Housing Agency manages 3,856 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 3,680 30 2 88 54
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $957 $795 $552 $1,286 $776
Monthly Cost $3,520,778 $23,843 $1,104 $113,138 $41,910
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 8% having issued approximately 489 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 46 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $14,553 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% 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 59% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 67% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% 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.

61% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 59% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

96% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 92% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Dallas County Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 24% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% 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, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 49% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% 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 Dallas County Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $355 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $711. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $119.

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.