About Mesquite Housing Division

The Mesquite Housing Division is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Mesquite, Texas.

Mesquite Housing Division Waiting Lists

Mesquite, Texas (Homelessness) Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Mesquite Housing Division (MHD): Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for homeless applicants for one day in April 2017. It was last open for the general public for one day in January 2016, and prior to that 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. The application was available online only. No paper applications were available or accepted.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Homeless and live/work in locally.

50 applicants were placed on the waiting list by preference and random lottery.

Once the lottery has been completed, you can find out if your application was selected for the waiting list here.

For more information, visit the MHD website, or call the Section 8 office at (912) 216-6424.

Last Updated on 04/03/2017.


About the Mesquite Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Mesquite Housing Division manages 1,331 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,307 11 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $705 $908 $787
Monthly Cost $921,599 $9,991 $10,227

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.