About Mercedes Housing Authority

The Mercedes Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Mercedes, Texas.

The Mercedes Housing Authority serves Mercedes.


About the Mercedes Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Mercedes Housing Authority manages 293 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
Vouchers 253 2 37 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $325 $326 $349 $341
Monthly Cost $82,283 $652 $12,903 $341

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Mercedes 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 17% having issued approximately 17 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3 persons and has a household income of $12,025 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 66% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

8% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

65% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 59% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

99% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 0% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Mercedes Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 13% include at least one person with a disability. 19% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 3% 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 Mercedes Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $286 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $428. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Mercedes Housing Authority

108 E 8th St
Queens Village is a 36 unit low income housing apartment community in Mercedes.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
4135 S Virginia Ave
La Merced Homes is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Mercedes.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
101 Armory Rd
Armory Housing Project is a 20 unit low income housing apartment community in Mercedes.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance