About Hidalgo County Housing Authority

The Hidalgo County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Weslaco, Texas.

The Hidalgo County Housing Authority serves Hidalgo County, Mission, Edinburg, Mcallen, Mercedes, Donna, Hidalgo, La Joya, Elsa, La Villa, Pharr, Weslaco, Alamo, Alton, Edcouch, Abram, Cesar Chavez, Citrus City, Cuevitas, Doffing, Doolittle, Faysville, Granjeno, Hargill, Havana, Heidelberg, Indian Hills, La Blanca, Laguna Seca, La Homa, Linn, Llano Grande, Lopezville, Los Ebanos, Midway North, Midway South, Mila Doce, Monte Alto, Muniz, Murillo, North Alamo, Olivarez, Palmhurst, Palmview, Palmview South, Penitas, Perezville, Progreso, Progreso Lakes, Relampago, San Carlos, San Juan, Scissors, South Alamo, Sullivan City, Villa Verde and West Sharyland.

Hidalgo County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

The Hidalgo County Housing Authority (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on August 3, 2016 at 8:00 am CT, and will remain open indefinitely. It was last open in June 2015.

Please note: This waiting list has a preference. This means that applicants who qualify for this preference will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of this preference, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, pick up an application on the first and second Wednesday of each month at the HCHA office, located at 1800 N. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596, from 8:00 am until 11:30 am.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered on the first and second Wednesday of each month to the HCHA office, at the address and hours above.

The following documentation is required when submitting the application: Social Security Card of all household members. All adult household members must be present when submitting the application.

This waiting list has the following preference: Veterans

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, visit the HCHA website, or call the office at (956) 969-5865.

Last Updated on 08/31/2016.

About the Hidalgo County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Hidalgo County Housing Authority manages 703 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 699 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $397 $581
Monthly Cost $277,412 $2,323

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Hidalgo County 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 25% having issued approximately 29 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 8 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.9 persons and has a household income of $11,810 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 41% 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 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

10% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 13% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

68% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 62% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

99% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 0% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Hidalgo County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 10% include at least one person with a disability. 21% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 53% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 47% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 1% 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 Hidalgo County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $278 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $549. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $102.

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.