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Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur

920 Dequeen Boulevard
Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas 77640

Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur is a Public Housing Agency in Port Arthur, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of March 29th, 2020, Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur serves Hardin County, Jefferson County and Orange County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Open Until Further Notice
Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. As of March 16, 2020, many waiting lists that are already open have remained open, but those may become postponed as well, or submission instructions may be adjusted. 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Website: http://pahousing.org/.

Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Phone: (409) 982-6442.

Open Until Further Notice: Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Waiting List

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur (HACPA) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Port Arthur, Texas is about 90 miles east of Houston, Texas.

To apply, visit a community with an open waiting list. Communities with open waiting lists are listed on the HACPA RAD page here, on the right side of the page.

For more information, visit the HACPA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (409) 982-6442.

Last Updated on 05/10/2019.

Other Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Waiting Lists

Closed: Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur (HACPA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in July, 2019. Before that, it was open for one day in August, 2018, for one day in May, 2016, and for one day in August, 2015.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The waiting list had the following preferences: Homeless and Working/Employed.

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

For more information, visit the HACPA website.

Last Updated on 01/10/2020.

About Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur can be found on its website at http://pahousing.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur may be available by phone at (409) 982-6442. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/20/2018, Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur manages 2,714 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,382 10 53 44 17
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $561 $394 $641 $899 $407
Monthly Cost $1,337,127 $3,937 $33,968 $39,561 $6,922

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur

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 20% having issued approximately 148 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 1 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 $12,098 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% 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 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

10% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 64% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

64% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 62% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

92% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 85% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 22% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

21% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 41% 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 Port Arthur voucher holders in 2016 was $296 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $623. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $95.



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 Port Arthur

Carver Terrace Apartments

1126 Carver Ter
Port Arthur, Texas

Gulfbreeze Place Apartments

3909 5th St
Port Arthur, Texas