Harris County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
COVID-19 UPDATE: As of March 17, 2020, Harris County Housing Authority's office will remain open for regular business hours, but clients and landlords will not be seen by staff. Clients and landlords may mail, fax, or email documents.
|Harris County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.
Harris County Housing Authority Website: http://www.hchatexas.org/.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 23, 2020, until March 25, 2020. 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:
5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.
For more information, visit the HCHA website.
Sources: This information was verified by the Harris County Housing Authority, as of March 23, 2020
This waiting list is for rental assistance in Harris County, Texas; excluding Houston.
Last Updated on 06/09/2020.
More information about Harris County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.hchatexas.org/.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Harris County Housing Authority manages 4,659 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, 2019:
|Standard||Homeownership||Tenant Protection||Ported Out||VASH|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$797||$607||$860||$1,007||$610|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 11% having issued approximately 440 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 56 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $13,913 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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.
1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% 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.
54% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.
94% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Harris County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% 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. 72% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 45% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Harris County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $343 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $801. 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.