About Gainesville Housing Authority

The Gainesville Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Gainesville, Texas.

The Gainesville Housing Authority serves Cooke County, Valley View, Gainesville, Callisburg, Lake Kiowa, Lindsay, Muenster and Oak Ridge.

Gainesville Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Cooke County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Gainesvile Housing Authority covers Cooke County, TX.

The Gainesvile Housing Authority (GHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

 

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.

 

There are two ways to apply:

 

  1. Call the GHA at (940) 665-1747 to request an application be mailed, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Pick up an application at the GHA office, located at 715 E. California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240. 

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address above.

 

Please note: The GHA prefers applicants submit the application in person in case there is incomplete information.

 

This waiting list has the following preferences: Local, working, elderly, victim of domestic violence.

 

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

 

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, call the GHA at (940) 665-1747.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.


About the Gainesville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Gainesville Housing Authority manages 298 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 287 11
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $481 $785
Monthly Cost $138,011 $8,637

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Gainesville 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 27% having issued approximately 11 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 3 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 $13,142 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% 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 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% 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.

54% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

32% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 17% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Gainesville Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% 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. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 38% 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 Gainesville Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $330 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $684. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $173.



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.