Galveston Housing Authority

4700 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas 77551

Galveston Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Galveston, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Galveston Housing Authority serves Galveston.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Galveston, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Galveston Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Galveston, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Galveston Housing Authority (GHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in August, 2018; and before that in April, 2015. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: The Elderly, Persons with Disabilities, Persons Who Live or Work Locally, Veterans, Working/Employed, Those Displaced by Natural Disaster, and Those Referred by a Local Assistance Program.

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

For more information, visit the GHA website or call the office at (409) 765-1905.

Last Updated on 10/30/2018.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 08/31/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Galveston Housing Authority (GHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for general applicants for two days in August, 2018; and before that for 1 Bedroom units for two days in April, 2018. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Persons Who Live or Work Locally; Persons with Disabilities: Veterans; Working/Employed; Those Displaced by Natural Disaster; Persons in Job Training or Higher Education.

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

For more information, visit the GHA website here, or call the office at (409) 765-1900.

Last Updated on 10/16/2018.

About Galveston Housing Authority

More information about Galveston Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.ghatx.org/.

Representatives of Galveston Housing Authority may be available by phone at (409) 765-1900. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/30/2018, Galveston Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Galveston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Galveston Housing Authority manages 1,508 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 983 25 91 159 26
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $768 $802 $1,034 $1,123 $986
Monthly Cost $755,398 $20,042 $94,100 $178,485 $25,626

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Galveston 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 18% having issued approximately 83 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 57 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $13,149 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% 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, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% 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.

48% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

85% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 69% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Galveston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% 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. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% 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 Galveston Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $337 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $936. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $96.



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 Galveston Housing Authority

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Public Housing Operated by Galveston Housing Authority

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