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Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville

2606 Boca Chica Boulevard
Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas 78521

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs.

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville serves Brownsville.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Bronwnsville, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Closed
4-Bedroom, RAD - Project-Based Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed
Sunset Haven, 2-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Closed

Other Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Waiting Lists

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.

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Website: http://www.hacb.us/.

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Phone: (956) 541-8315.

Closed: Bronwnsville, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Brownsville Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 9, 2019, until October 11, 2019. 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:

  • Non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional and other segregated settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. (40 points)
  • Youth who are at least 18 years of old and not more than 21 years old (has not reached 22nd birthday) who left foster care at age 16 or older and who does not have adequate housing and have been referred by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. (40 points)
  • Families who are victims of a Presidential declared disaster or during a local emergency that has been declared by the Chief elected official of the responsible entity who has proclaimed that there is an immediate need for public action to protect the public safety. (30 points)
  • Families who reside in housing that have been condemned by the City of Brownsville (30 points)
  • Families, residents of the city of Brownsville, whose homes (owned or rented), have been destroyed by fire and have been referred by the Red Cross for assistance. (30 points)
  • Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to PHA action involving rehab of unit or emergency conditions that make the unit uninhabitable while undergoing repairs (30 points)
  • Victims of domestic violence requirements: Referral from a family violence prevention organization, police report and a protective order (15 points)
  • Veterans that have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. (15 points)
  • Working families whose head or spouse is currently employed and to include families whose head of household or spouse is sixty-two (62) years of age or disabled. (10 points)

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

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Last Updated on 11/09/2019.

Closed: 4-Bedroom, RAD - Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB) waiting list for 4-Bedroom Section 8 Project-Based Voucher-RAD apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 9, 2019, until October 11, 2019. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HACB website.

Last Updated on 10/11/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted until August 1, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACB website.

Last Updated on 09/12/2019.

Closed: Sunset Haven, 2-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB) waiting list for 2-Bedroom Low-Income Housing Tax Credit apartments at Sunset Haven is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 9, 2019, until October 11, 2019. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HACB website.

Last Updated on 10/11/2019.

About Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville can be found on its website at http://www.hacb.us/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville may be available by phone at (956) 541-8315. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/14/2020, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville 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.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville manages 2,533 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 2,075 26 69 3 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $392 $321 $516 $371 $732
Monthly Cost $813,917 $8,354 $35,585 $1,114 $2,927

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

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 8% having issued approximately 268 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $11,184 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 40% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 44% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

41% of households included children, 12% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 54% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

42% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 8% 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 Brownsville voucher holders in 2016 was $309 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $458. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $116.



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 Apartments Operated by Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville

Villa Del Sol Apartments

700 E Saint Charles St
Brownsville, Texas

Tropical Gardens at Boca Chica

250 Ash St
Brownsville, Texas
$530-675
1-3 BR

Sunset Haven

301 Horizon Ln
Brownsville, Texas

Linda Vista

2426 Barnard Rd
Brownsville, Texas

Buena Vida

1202 E 14th St
Brownsville, Texas

Citrus Gardens

2105 Roosevelt St
Brownsville, Texas