San Marcos Housing Authority

1201 Thorpe Lane
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas 78666

San Marcos Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in San Marcos, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. As of September 21st, 2019, San Marcos Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Family Self-Sufficiency Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Elderly or Disabled Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance Other Senior and Disabled Waiting List is open indefinitely.

San Marcos Housing Authority serves San Marcos.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Family Self-Sufficiency Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Elderly or Disabled Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance Open Until Further Notice
San Marcos Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open San Marcos Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Family Self-Sufficiency Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Project Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least June, 2019, until further notice.

Please note: Persons who already live in one of the SMHA Public Housing sites, or are in the SMHA Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 program may also apply to be in the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. Current residents can find more information here.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up an application at Chapultepec Homes, located at 701 South LBJ Drive (the office is on Love Street), San Marcos, Texas, 78666, Monday through Thursday, between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm; and on Fridays, between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm CT.
  2. Download and print the application online here. Select the application link in the "How do I get started?" section.

Once the application has been completed, it must be brought to a scheduled FSS Orientation session held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Chapultepec Adult Learning Center, located at 701 South LBJ Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666. Times of FSS Orientation is unknown. SMHA will not accept an application until you attend the orientation.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the SMHA Family Self-Sufficiency page, or the SMHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (503) 353-5058..

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/07/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least June, 2017, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up an application at Allen Woods Homes, located at 1201 Thorpe Lane, San Marcos, Texas, 78666, Monday through Thursday, between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm, and Fridays, between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm CT.
  2. Download and print the application online here. Select the application link in the "Applying for Housing" section.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be dropped off at the office at 1201 Thorpe Lane, San Marcos, Texas, 78666, during office hours.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or Work Locally, Displaced by Natural Disaster and Non-Natural Disasters such as fires for Hays County homeowners only.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SMHA Public Housing page, or the SMHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (512) 353- 5058 .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/07/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Elderly or Disabled Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior and Disabled Waiting List

The San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) Elderly or Disabled Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance waiting list for Springtown Villa is currently open, since at least June, 2017, until further notice.

To apply, complete an application at 503 Springtown Way, San Marcos, TX 78666.

For more information, visit the SMHA Springtown Villa page, or the SMHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (512) 353-5058.

Last Updated on 06/07/2019.

Other San Marcos Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: San Marcos Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in December 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to visit the SMHA office.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in San Marcos (or have accepted a job in San Marcos, but have not yet relocated), Public Housing residents in San Marcos who have been displaced by natural disaster in the last six months.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SMHA website, or call the office at (512) 353-5059.

Last Updated on 06/13/2017.

About San Marcos Housing Authority

More information about San Marcos Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://smpha.org/.

Representatives of San Marcos Housing Authority may be available by phone at (512) 353-5058. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-6:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-6:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday 8:30am-12:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 10/08/2018, San Marcos Housing Authority 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 San Marcos Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, San Marcos Housing Authority manages 225 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 217 8
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $566 $800
Monthly Cost $122,754 $6,401

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for San Marcos 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 10% having issued approximately 24 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 35 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $15,947 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% 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 80% 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, 34% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 15% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 50% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 7% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

29% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the San Marcos Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 29% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

54% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 18% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 San Marcos Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $366 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $683. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $90.



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.


Public Housing Operated by San Marcos Housing Authority

Allen Woods Homes

701 S Lbj Dr
San Marcos, TX
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