About Longview Housing Authority

The Longview Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Longview, Texas.

The Longview Housing Authority serves Longview, Kilgore, Carthage and Henderson.

Longview Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Longview Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

Please note: The Longview Housing Authority covers the Cities of Beckville, Carthage, Henderson, Kilgore, and Longview, TX.

The Longview Housing Authority (LHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for more than one week in August 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: The LHA telephone automated message about waiting list information incorrectly states that this waiting list is open. If you visit the given website, www.waitlistcheck.com/TX459, the website says "There are no open waiting lists at this time. Please try again later."

Last Updated on 08/31/2015.

About the Longview Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Longview Housing Authority manages 965 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 898 4 33 17 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $438 $378 $420 $744 $412
Monthly Cost $393,559 $1,510 $13,870 $12,652 $5,356

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Longview Housing Authority

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 6% having issued approximately 166 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,091 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% 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 74% 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, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

41% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 81% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Longview Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 34% include at least one person with a disability. 57% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 Longview Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $308 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $553. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $121.

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.