Houston Housing Authority

2640 Fountain View Drive, Houston, TX

There is one waiting list open now offered by Houston Housing Authority.

Houston Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
Houston Housing Authority Public Housing Open Now
Houston, Texas Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Houston Housing Authority offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs in Houston.

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

Open Now: Public Housing Waiting List

The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open.

The HHA is accepting applications for this waiting list from January 15, 2023 at 12:00 pm, until February 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm CT.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Complete an application in person at the HHA office, located at 2640 Fountain View Dr, Houston, Texas 77057, from Monday-Friday until 8:00 am- 5:00 pm. 

Please note: According to the HHA "The application portal allows users to select English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Swahili. If you prefer an alternative language, you may call the 504 hotline at 713-260-0353 or 504ADA@housingforhouston.com to request translation assistance or bring a designee to assist in completing the application".

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on this waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. 

For more information, visit the HHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HHA public notice on January 11, 2023. 

Service Area

This waiting list is for Public Housing rental assistance in Houston, 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 HHA staff members that are available at all application stations in person or you may utilize a designee or email 504ADA@houstonforhousing.com .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/26/2023.

Closed: Houston, Texas Section 8 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.

About Houston Housing Authority

Office Hours

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

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

About the Houston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Houston Housing Authority manages 17,103 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 95 90 53 15,543 95 879 153
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $618 $912 $587 $736 $983 $558 $630
Monthly Cost $58,709 $82,073 $31,101 $11,432,415 $93,396 $490,472 $96,384
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 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.

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 $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.

Heads of Household Characteristics

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.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

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.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

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.