Panhandle Community Services

1309 West 8th
Amarillo, Potter County, Texas 79101
(806) 372-2531

Panhandle Community Services is a Public Housing Agency in Amarillo, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs. As of June 17th, 2019, Panhandle Community Services has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Texas Panhandle Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Panhandle Community Services serves Armstrong County, Briscoe County, Carson County, Castro County, Childress County, Collingsworth County, Dallam County, Deaf Smith County, Donley County, Gray County, Hall County, Hansford County, Hartley County, Hemphill County, Hutchinson County, Lipscomb County, Moore County, Ochiltree County, Oldham County, Parmer County, Potter County, Randall County, Roberts County, Sherman County, Swisher County and Wheeler County.

Waiting List Statuses
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Texas Panhandle Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely

Open Panhandle Community Services Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Texas Panhandle Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Panhandle Community Services (PCS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from April, 2018, until further notice. 

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the online application. The application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up an application at any of the Panhandle Community Services offices found on the PCS website contact information here, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm CT.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to one of the PCS offices listed here.
  2. Dropped off at one of the PCS officeslisted here, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences:The Elderly, Persons with Disabilities,Working/Employed,Persons Who Live or Work in the Panhandle counties of Texas,Victims of Domestic Violence, or Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of application, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PCS website, or call the office at (806) 372-2531.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (806) 372-2531.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/18/2018.

About Panhandle Community Services

More information about Panhandle Community Services can be found on its website at http://pcsvcs.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/05/2018, Panhandle Community Services is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Panhandle Community Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Panhandle Community Services manages 1,560 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,496 6 58
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $496 $901 $425
Monthly Cost $741,787 $5,407 $24,626

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Panhandle Community Services

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 24% having issued approximately 59 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 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 $11,615 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 62% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% 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.

53% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

61% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 21% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Panhandle Community Services Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

29% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 Panhandle Community Services voucher holders in 2016 was $279 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $676. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $121.



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.