Housing Authority of the City of El Paso

5300 E Paisano Drive
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas 79905
(915) 849-3742

Open today from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Housing Authority of the City of El Paso is a public housing agency in El Paso, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher, Mainstream Voucher, and Rental Assistance Demonstration programs. As of April 18th, 2019, Housing Authority of the City of El Paso has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The El Paso, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on July 8th, 2019. The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Section 8 New Construction Waiting List is open indefinitely. The LIHTC/Project Based Rental Assistance Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the City of El Paso serves El Paso.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
El Paso, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Section 8 New Construction Open Indefinitely
LIHTC/Project Based Rental Assistance Open Indefinitely
Public Housing Closed

Open Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Waiting Lists

Open Now: El Paso, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Waiting List Summary

  • What: Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
  • When:  April 8th, 2019  at 08:00 AM  MDT - July 8th, 2019 at 11:59 PM MDT
  • How to Apply:  Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Date and Time
  • Preferences:  No Preferences.  Learn More About Preferences

Waiting List Details

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from April 8, 2019 at 8:00 am, until July 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm MT. It was last open from February until March, 2016; and before that in December, 2013.

To apply, complete the online application here.

There are no preferences.      

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, read the HACEP public notice on Facebook, or 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) 849-3612 or (915) 849-3634.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/08/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) Section 8 Project Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select an open "Project Based Voucher" waiting list.

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 04/08/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Section 8 New Construction Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) Section 8 New Construction waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

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, complete the online application here. Select the "Section 8 New Construction" waiting list.

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.

Last Updated on 04/08/2019.

Open Indefinitely: LIHTC/Project Based Rental Assistance Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)/Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: Communities are either financed by the LIHTC program, or are mixed-financed LIHTC/PBRA communities.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select the "Housing Programs - Multiple" waiting list.

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.

Last Updated on 04/16/2019.

Other Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when the waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACEP website.

Last Updated on 04/04/2019.

About Housing Authority of the City of El Paso

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/25/2019, Housing Authority of the City of El Paso is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the City of El Paso manages 5,196 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 4,705 114 51 65 215
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $481 $383 $484 $574 $418
Monthly Cost $2,263,238 $43,716 $24,695 $37,307 $89,941

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of El Paso

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.


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