Harris County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Houston, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.
|Harris County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
The Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It was last open for three days from October 2016 until November 2016; and before that in 2008. 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. Computers and mobile devices may have been used to access the application.
This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work or have been hired to work in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, TX.
5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. The HCHA anticipates applicants may check their status online by November 14, 2016.
For more information, visit the HCHA website, or call the office at (713) 578-2100.
Last Updated on 11/30/2018.
More information about Harris County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.hchatexas.org/.
As of 04/26/2019, it is not known if Harris County Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.
As of the most recent VMS report, Harris County Housing Authority manages 4,478 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|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$775||$548||$504||$1,066||$593|
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.