About Dallas Housing Authority

The Dallas Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Dallas, Texas.

The Dallas Housing Authority serves Dallas.

Dallas Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Dallas, Texas Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in April 2017; and prior to that for two days in July 2016, and for four days in July 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the DHA public notice for the last opening, "all persons, including current applicants, interested in participating in the HCV program must apply during Open Enrollment to be considered for rental housing assistance."

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

This waiting list had the following preference: Households with dependent children 3-10 years old.

5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. Applicants can log in here after April 30, 2017 to check their status on the waiting list.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information here.

For more information, visit the DHA website, or call the office at (214) 951-8300.

Last Updated on 04/24/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 DHA website, or call the office at (214) 951-8300.

Last Updated on 07/12/2016.


About the Dallas Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Dallas Housing Authority manages 16,718 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled Litigation
Vouchers 14,426 81 103 42 629 85 1,352
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $585 $515 $735 $464 $456 $456 $966
Monthly Cost $8,444,416 $41,713 $75,740 $19,474 $286,680 $38,793 $1,306,678

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Dallas 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 10% having issued approximately 1,713 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 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 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $13,788 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% 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 66% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

48% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

94% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 85% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Dallas Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 81% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

33% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 33% 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 Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $385 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $746. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $137.



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.


Public Housing Operated by Dallas Housing Authority

2110 N Carroll Ave
Roseland Townhomes, Phase I is a 490 unit low income housing apartment community in Dallas.
2425 Bickers St
Hamptons at Lakewest is a 775 unit low income housing apartment community in Dallas.
520 W Page Ave
Brooks Manor is a 227 unit low income housing apartment community in Dallas.
4700 Country Creek Dr
Barbara Jordan Square is a 121 unit low income housing apartment community in Dallas.
18110 Marsh Ln
Frankford Townhomes is a 135 unit low income housing apartment community in Dallas.

Affordable Apartments near Dallas Housing Authority

1800 Main St
The Wilson Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Dallas.
3115 Crestview Drive
7203 Great Forest Way
Ridge at Trinity Apartments is a 232 unit low income housing apartment community in Dallas.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance