Housing Authority of the City of Austin

1124 S IH 35
Austin, Travis County, Texas
(512) 477-4488

Housing Authority of the City of Austin is a public housing agency in Austin, Texas. As of October 16th, 2018, Housing Authority of the City of Austin has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Rental Assistance (RAD) Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the City of Austin serves Austin.

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Closed: Austin, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in September, 2018; and before that in October, 2014. 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: Elderly; disabled; involuntarily displaced by natural disaster or government action; homeless; families with minor children; resident of Travis, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, or Williamson County; current HACA RAD tenant.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACA website or call the office at (512) 832-6349.

Last Updated on 09/24/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed.

For more information, visit the HACA website, or call the office at (512) 477-4488.

Last Updated on 07/27/2018.

Closed: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Low-Income Housing Tax Credit waiting list is currently closed.

For more information, visit the HACA website, or call the office at (512) 477-4488.

Last Updated on 07/27/2018.

About Housing Authority of the City of Austin

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Austin can be found on its website at http://www.hacanet.org/.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://austin.ourpha.com/applicants/Public/Login/Login.aspx.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/16/2018, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Austin is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Austin Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the City of Austin manages 5,124 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 4,464 74 2 124 422 25
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $820 $994 $544 $695 $585 $675
Monthly Cost $3,659,265 $73,529 $1,088 $86,153 $246,901 $16,863

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Austin

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 7% having issued approximately 771 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $15,734 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, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% 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.

52% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 54% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Austin Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 42% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Austin voucher holders in 2016 was $415 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $884. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $195.



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.


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