Housing Authority of the City of El Paso

5300 East Paisano Drive, El Paso, TX

There are three waiting lists open now offered by Housing Authority of the City of El Paso.

Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Sitgraves Section 8 New Construction Open Until Further Notice
El Paso, Texas Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Housing Authority of the City of El Paso offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Mainstream Voucher and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs in El Paso.

Go to the Texas Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Texas Public Housing Waiting Lists page for more nearby housing applications.

Open Until Further Notice: Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) waiting list for Section 8 Project Based Voucher apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least April, 2019, until further notice.

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

For more information, visit the HACEP website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (915) 849-3742.

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 04/09/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least March, 2020, until further notice.

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

For more information, visit the HACEP website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Public Housing rental assistance in El Paso, 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 (915) 849-3742.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/09/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Sitgraves Section 8 New Construction Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) waiting list for Section 8 New Construction apartments at Sitgraves is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least March, 2020, until further notice.

Please note: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 New Construction tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site.

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

For more information, visit the HACEP website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Other rental assistance in El Paso, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (915) 849-3742.

Last Updated on 04/09/2021.

Closed: El Paso, Texas Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 4, 2021 until June 30, 2021. 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:

  • HACEP will offer a preference to any family that has been terminated from its HCV program and has had to reapply due to insufficient program funding.
  • HACEP will offer a preference to military families in which head, spouse, or cohead is on active duty and living within or relocated to HACEP’s jurisdiction.
  • HACEP will offer a preference to families that are involuntarily displaced due to conversion of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) of a public housing project, where specific funding is not awarded to HACEP by HUD.
  • HACEP will offer a preference for persons referred by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Service (DADS) pursuant to the memorandum of understanding between HACEP and DADS for the DADS Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. Applicants must be receiving MFP services from DADS and be otherwise eligible for admission. The preference is limited to 10 vouchers. The wait list will be open for MFP referrals from DADS. In the event that HACEP is unable to issue vouchers at the time of referral or if all of the preference vouchers are issued, the person will be placed on the wait list of persons referred by DADS for the MFP program.

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

For more information, visit the HACEP website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACEP on March 26, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in El Paso, Texas.

Last Updated on 08/04/2021.

About Housing Authority of the City of El Paso

About the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of El Paso manages 5,445 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 5,002 99 9 36 58 223
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $477 $447 $644 $524 $365 $396
Monthly Cost $2,385,048 $44,223 $5,799 $18,860 $21,145 $88,347
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 5% having issued approximately 1,067 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $11,304 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 50% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

51% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

97% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 19% 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

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 El Paso voucher holders in 2016 was $310 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $532. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $122.

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.