Mesquite Housing Division

1616 N. Galloway Avenue
Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas 75149

Mesquite Housing Division is a Public Housing Agency in Mesquite, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs.

Mesquite Housing Division serves Mesquite.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Mesquite, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed

Other Mesquite Housing Division Waiting Lists

Closed: Mesquite, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Mesquite Housing Division (MHD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed.  It was last open for one day in June, 2019. Before that, it was open for homeless applicants for one day in April, 2017; for one day in January, 2016; and in 2008. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Homeless within the locality of Mesquite; Terminated from another Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program due to insufficient funding; Head, Spouse, Co-Head, or sole member is employed; Head, Spouse, Co-Head, or sole member is elderly; Head, Spouse, Co-Head, or sole member is disabled; Head, Spouse, Co-Head, or sole member is employed is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MHD website.

Last Updated on 08/27/2019.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Mesquite Housing Division (MHD) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in July, 2019. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Experiencing homelessness within the locality of Mesquite. Homelessness is defined as an individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and/or any individual or family who is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions.
  • Terminated from another Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program due to insufficient program funding (this means the program did not have enough funding for the household's rental assistance)? Terminated means the household was living in a Section 8 unit.
  • Head, Spouse, Co-Head, or sole member employed, elderly (age 62 and over), or disabled
  • Head, Co-Head, or Spouse a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

300 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MHD website.

Last Updated on 09/17/2019.

About Mesquite Housing Division

More information about Mesquite Housing Division can be found on its website at https://www.cityofmesquite.com/452/Housing-Division.

Representatives of Mesquite Housing Division may be available by phone at (972) 216-6427. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/24/2020, it is not known if Mesquite Housing Division is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Mesquite Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Mesquite Housing Division manages 1,305 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,270 3 9 23
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $829 $587 $833 $756
Monthly Cost $1,052,858 $1,760 $7,501 $17,394

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Mesquite Housing Division

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 5% having issued approximately 276 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 58 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 $14,105 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% 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 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 75% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 13% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 11% 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.

70% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 69% of households with children have a female head of household. 94% of all households were headed by a female.

89% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 84% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Mesquite Housing Division Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 20% 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

15% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 53% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Mesquite Housing Division voucher holders in 2016 was $360 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $904. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $131.



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.