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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 housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of May 16th, 2021, Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville serves Brownsville.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Project-Based Voucher Open Now
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Public Housing Open Now
Rental Assistance Demonstration Program Open Now
Brownsville, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Sunset Haven, 2-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Closed

Open Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and 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.

COVID-19 Update: As of February 2, 2021, the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville website says:

"Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, the Housing Authority of City of Brownsville (HACB) is taking extra precautionary measures to limit in-person interactions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We ask our residents and partners to call and email inquiries rather than visit our offices. We do apologize for any inconvenience. These
measures are being taken in order to prioritize the health and safety of our communities and want to ensure the well-being of our residents and staff."

Open Now: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from December 9, 2020 until June 30, 2021.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • CPS Referred    
  • Honorable discharged Veterans
    Veterans that have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Housing Condemned by the City of Brownsville
    Families who reside in housing that has been condemned by the City of Brownsville.
  • Mainstream Vouchers for Non-Elderly Disabled
    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.
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • Presidential Declared Disaster
    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. Families who reside in housing that have been condemned by the City of Brownsville. 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.
  • Public Housing Involuntary Transfer
    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.
  • Red Cross Referred
    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.
  • VAWA Emergency Transfers to HACB families
    HACB will give preference to families living in a HACB owned Public Housing property, Project Based Voucher, or PBV-RAD who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and meet the eligibility requirements outline in HACB's VAWA Emergency Transfer Move Plan.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
    Victims of Domestic Violence. Requirements: Referral from a family violence prevention organization, police report and a protective order.
  • Working Families, Elderlies, Disabled
    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 receiving a disability pension with a disability rating of 80% or higher. (Social Security Income and/or Supplemental Security Income recipients will automatically receive preference.)
  • Youth, foster care & TDHS
    Youth who are at least 18 years 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.

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

For more information, visit the HACB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACB Facebook page on February 2, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Brownsville, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (956) 541-8315.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 02/02/2021.

Open Now: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB) Public Housing waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from December 9, 2020 until June 30, 2021.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • CPS Referred    
  • Honorable discharged Veterans
    Veterans that have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Housing Condemned by the City of Brownsville
    Families who reside in housing that has been condemned by the City of Brownsville.
  • Mainstream Vouchers for Non-Elderly Disabled
    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.
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • Presidential Declared Disaster
    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. Families who reside in housing that have been condemned by the City of Brownsville. 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.
  • Public Housing Involuntary Transfer
    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.
  • Red Cross Referred
    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.
  • VAWA Emergency Transfers to HACB families
    HACB will give preference to families living in a HACB owned Public Housing property, Project Based Voucher, or PBV-RAD who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and meet the eligibility requirements outline in HACB's VAWA Emergency Transfer Move Plan.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
    Victims of Domestic Violence. Requirements: Referral from a family violence prevention organization, police report and a protective order.
  • Working Families, Elderlies, Disabled
    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 receiving a disability pension with a disability rating of 80% or higher. (Social Security Income and/or Supplemental Security Income recipients will automatically receive preference.)
  • Youth, foster care & TDHS
    Youth who are at least 18 years 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.

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

For more information, visit the HACB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACB Facebook page on February 2, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Brownsville, Texas. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (956) 541-8315.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/02/2021.

Open Now: Rental Assistance Demonstration Program Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB) Rental Assistance Demonstration Program waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from December 9, 2020 until June 30, 2021.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • CPS Referred    
  • Honorable discharged Veterans
    Veterans that have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Housing Condemned by the City of Brownsville
    Families who reside in housing that has been condemned by the City of Brownsville.
  • Mainstream Vouchers for Non-Elderly Disabled
    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.
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • Presidential Declared Disaster
    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. Families who reside in housing that have been condemned by the City of Brownsville. 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.
  • Public Housing Involuntary Transfer
    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.
  • Red Cross Referred
    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.
  • VAWA Emergency Transfers to HACB families
    HACB will give preference to families living in a HACB owned Public Housing property, Project Based Voucher, or PBV-RAD who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and meet the eligibility requirements outline in HACB's VAWA Emergency Transfer Move Plan.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
    Victims of Domestic Violence. Requirements: Referral from a family violence prevention organization, police report and a protective order.
  • Working Families, Elderlies, Disabled
    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 receiving a disability pension with a disability rating of 80% or higher. (Social Security Income and/or Supplemental Security Income recipients will automatically receive preference.)
  • Youth, foster care & TDHS
    Youth who are at least 18 years 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.

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

For more information, visit the HACB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACB Facebook page on February 2, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Brownsville, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (956) 541-8315.

Last Updated on 02/02/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Brownsville, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Brownsville Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • CPS Referred    
  • Honorable discharged Veterans
    Veterans that have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Housing Condemned by the City of Brownsville
    Families who reside in housing that has been condemned by the City of Brownsville.
  • Mainstream Vouchers for Non-Elderly Disabled
    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.
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • PH involuntary transfers due to RAD
    Families in Public Housing required to transfer from their unit due to permanent involuntary displacement as a result of a project's conversion of assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
  • Presidential Declared Disaster
    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. Families who reside in housing that have been condemned by the City of Brownsville. 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.
  • Public Housing Involuntary Transfer
    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.
  • Red Cross Referred
    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.
  • VAWA Emergency Transfers to HACB families
    HACB will give preference to families living in a HACB owned Public Housing property, Project Based Voucher, or PBV-RAD who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and meet the eligibility requirements outline in HACB's VAWA Emergency Transfer Move Plan.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
    Victims of Domestic Violence. Requirements: Referral from a family violence prevention organization, police report and a protective order.
  • Working Families, Elderlies, Disabled
    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 receiving a disability pension with a disability rating of 80% or higher. (Social Security Income and/or Supplemental Security Income recipients will automatically receive preference.)
  • Youth, foster care & TDHS
    Youth who are at least 18 years 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.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Brownsville, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (956) 541-8315.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/02/2021.

Other Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Waiting Lists

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

How To Apply to the 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 05/16/2021, 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 2,478 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, 2020:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 2,012 27 76 3 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $407 $404 $524 $367 $1,287
Monthly Cost $819,069 $10,902 $39,829 $1,102 $6,437

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