McAllen Housing Authority

2301 Jasmine Avenue
McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas 78501
(956) 686-3951

McAllen Housing Authority is a public housing agency in McAllen, Texas 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 May 19th, 2019, McAllen Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The McAllen, Texas Single Elderly and Disabled Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

McAllen Housing Authority serves McAllen.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
McAllen, Texas Single Elderly and Disabled Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely
McAllen, Texas General Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open McAllen Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: McAllen, Texas Single Elderly and Disabled Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The McAllen Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for single elderly and disabled households is open every Friday, until 25 applications have been accepted for each month. This waiting list opened in April, 2019, and will re-open every month until further notice.

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

To apply during the opening period, complete the application at the MHA office, located at 2301 Jasmine Avenue, McAllen, Texas, 78501, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm CT on Fridays only. Applications will only be issued and accepted upon presentation of a photo ID. 

This waiting list has no preferences.

Selected applicants will be 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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/15/2019.

Other McAllen Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: McAllen, Texas General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The McAllen Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher 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 Applications page here, or the MHA website here.

Last Updated on 04/11/2019.

Closed: 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 http://www.mcaha.org.

HCV Portability Status

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.

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

About the McAllen Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, McAllen Housing Authority manages 1,244 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 1,162 21 47 5 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $344 $363 $346 $571 $268
Monthly Cost $400,292 $7,625 $16,245 $2,854 $2,408

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.


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