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McAllen Housing Authority

2301 Jasmine Avenue
McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas 78501

McAllen Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs. As of September 27th, 2020, McAllen Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The McAllen, Texas Multi-Family Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open until an application limit is reached.

McAllen Housing Authority serves McAllen.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
McAllen, Texas Multi-Family Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Application Limit
McAllen, Texas Elderly Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open McAllen Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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.

McAllen Housing Authority Website: https://www.mcallenha.org/.

McAllen Housing Authority Phone: (956) 686-3951.

Open Until Application Limit: McAllen, Texas Multi-Family Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The McAllen Housing Authority (MHA) Mulfi-Family Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 11, 2020 at 8:00 am CT, until 100 applications are received.

To apply during the opening period, visit the MHA Family Development Center, located at 2501 West Maple Avenue, McAllen, Texas 78501, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • RAD Preference
    • All families that have elected to terminate the assisted lease at any time after the first year of occupancy in a designated Project Based Voucher Rental Assistance Demonstration development. Lease terminations must be in accordance with all HCV program requirements to be eligible for the RAD Choice Mobility preference. These vouchers shall be based on availability. In the event there is a lack of vouchers to satisfy the request, a waiting list will be developed based on time and date of interest.
  • Single persons who are elderly/handicap. Elderly is defined as someone of the age 62 or over. 24CFR982.207 (a) (5).

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MHA Applications page, or the MHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHA website, as of February 28, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in McAllen, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (956) 686-3951.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/11/2020.

Other McAllen Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: McAllen, Texas Elderly Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The McAllen Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for single elderly and disabled households is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from April, 2019, until March 3, 2020.

Please note: According to an MHA representative, a 1 and 2-person household qualifies as a single household.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the application at the MHA office.

This waiting list had no preferences.

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

For more information, visit the MHA Applications page, or the MHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHA website, as of February 20, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in McAllen, Texas.

Last Updated on 03/03/2020.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The McAllen Housing Authority (MHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in April, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the application at the MHA Family Development Center.

This waiting list had no preferences.

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

For more information, visit the MHA website here.

Last Updated on 04/11/2019.

About McAllen Housing Authority

More information about McAllen Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.mcallenha.org/.

Representatives of McAllen Housing Authority may be available by phone at (956) 686-3951. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

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
HCV Portability Status

As of September 27th, 2020, it is not known if McAllen Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 03/29/2019, McAllen Housing Authority 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 McAllen Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, McAllen Housing Authority manages 1,293 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 1,217 19 42 5 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $371 $427 $361 $707 $432
Monthly Cost $452,042 $8,115 $15,178 $3,537 $4,324

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for McAllen 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 14% having issued approximately 93 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 18 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $10,593 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% 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 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 39% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

45% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

98% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 0% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the McAllen Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 13% include at least one person with a disability. 17% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 35% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

46% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 16% with 3 or more bedrooms. 2% 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 McAllen Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $291 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $452. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $110.



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 McAllen Housing Authority

Vine Terrace

2708 Vine Ave
McAllen, Texas

Retama Village Apartments

900 N. 26th St.
McAllen, Texas
$485-650
1-3 BR

Retama Village II Apartments

2500 Jasmine Avenue
McAllen, Texas
$484-650
1-3 BR