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Rusk Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Rusk, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of April 3rd, 2020, Rusk Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.
The Cherokee County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on April 8th, 2020.
Rusk Housing Authority serves Cherokee County.
Waiting List Statuses
|Cherokee County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher
Open Rusk Housing Authority Waiting Lists
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.
Rusk Housing Authority Website: https://www.facebook.com/RuskHousingAuthority/.
Rusk Housing Authority Phone: (903) 683-4488.
COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has confirmed that this waiting list is still open. As of March 30, 2020, the RHA facebook page says:
"the RHA office will be closed to the public effective immediately. All appointments will be rescheduled when the quarantine is over and it is safe to resume regular appointments."
More information can be found here.
Cherokee County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Rusk Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from January 13, 2020 at 9:00 am, until April 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm CT.
COVID-19 Update: As of March 18, 2020 the RHA office will be closed until further notice.
There are two ways to apply during the opening period:
- Call the RHA office at (903) 683-4488.
- Email email@example.com to request an application.
Preferences have not yet been confirmed.
It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list, by order of preferences.
For more information, visit the RHA Facebook page.
Sources: This information was verified by the RHA public notice, and the RHA Facebook page, as of March 18, 2020.
This waiting list is for rental assistance in Cherokee County, Texas.
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (903) 683-4488.
Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.
Last Updated on 03/18/2020.
About Rusk Housing Authority
More information about Rusk Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.facebook.com/RuskHousingAuthority/.
Representatives of Rusk Housing Authority may be available by phone at (903) 683-4488. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.
About the Rusk Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Rusk Housing Authority manages 142 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher
Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rusk 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 37% having issued approximately 4 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 15 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $14,941 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 54% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% 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
6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 15% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.
59% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 89% of all households were headed by a female.
67% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 63% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Rusk Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 33% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
Bedroom Size and Overhousing
22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 39% 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 Rusk Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $362 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $536. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $111.
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.