Rusk Housing Authority

555 Euclid Street
Rusk, Cherokee County, Texas 75785

Rusk Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Rusk, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of February 28th, 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 December 8th, 2020.

Rusk Housing Authority serves Cherokee County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Cherokee County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

Open Rusk Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Now: 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.

Please note: Applications must be turned into the RHA office by appointment. Email requests for an application should only be made if the applicant is able to submit the application in person to the RHA office.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pick up an application from the RHA office in the Rusk Civic Center, located at 555 Euclid St, Rusk, TX 75785 on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
  2. Email to request an application.

Once an application is completed, an appointment must be made to return the application by calling the RHA office at (903) 683-4488. According to the RHA public notice "Applications must be returned BY APPOINTMENT ONLY."

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 December 18, 2019.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Cherokee County, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (903) 683-4488.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/13/2020.

About Rusk Housing Authority

More information about Rusk Housing Authority can be found on its website at

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.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-12:00pm , 1:00pm-3:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-12:00pm , 1:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 10/31/2018, Rusk Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

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 149 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:

Vouchers 149
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $383
Monthly Cost $57,125

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.

Income Characteristics

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.