Houston Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
Houston Housing Authority serves Houston.
|Houston, Texas Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
|General Public Housing||Closed|
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.
Houston Housing Authority Website: http://www.housingforhouston.com/.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in September 2016, and before that for one week in August 2012. 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. The application was available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. Paper applications were not available or accepted.
This waiting list has the following preferences: Homeless, and transition age youth aging out of foster care. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.
30,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. Applicants can check their waiting list status online here.
For more information, visit the HHA website, or call the office at (713) 260-0500.
Last Updated on 09/12/2018.
How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List
The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) General Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in August, 2018. 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.
Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.
For more information, visit the HHA website, or call the office at (713) 260-0600.
Last Updated on 09/12/2018.
More information about Houston Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.housingforhouston.com/.
As of 09/22/2020, it is not known if Houston Housing Authority 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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Houston Housing Authority manages 17,616 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||VASH||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$731||$616||$949||$530||$860||$564||$661|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 10% having issued approximately 1,743 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 38 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $14,096 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
52% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.
96% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 88% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Houston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 82% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 42% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Houston Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $349 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $762. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $140.
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.