San Marcos Housing Authority

1201 Thorpe Lane
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas 78666

San Marcos Housing Authority is a housing authority 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 July 6th, 2022, San Marcos Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

San Marcos Housing Authority offers Project-Based Voucher Housing, Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in San Marcos.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
San Marcos Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Springtown Villa Elderly/Disabled Project-Based Section 8 Open Until Further Notice
San Marcos Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Chapultepec Family Self-Sufficiency Closed

Open San Marcos Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) Public Housing waiting list for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom apartments is currently open.

The SMHA is accepting applications for this waiting list as of June, 2017, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the paper application available here. Select the application link in the "Applying for Housing" section.
  2. Call the SMHA at (512) 353-5059 to request an application my mail.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Applicants who live or work in Hays County. 

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the SMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SMHA on December 2, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Public Housing rental assistance in San Marcos, Texas. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (512) 353-5059 .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/03/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Springtown Villa Elderly/Disabled Project-Based Section 8 Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) Senior and Disabled Project-Based Section 8 waiting list for 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments at Springtown Villa is currently open

The SMHA is accepting applications for this waiting list as of December, 2021, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Call (512) 396-3363  to request an application my mail.
  2. Pick up an application from the SMHA office, located at at 503 Springtown Way, San Marcos, TX 78666.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Applicants who live or work in Hays County. 

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the SMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SMHA on December 2, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Other Senior and Disabled rental assistance in San Marcos, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (512) 396-3363.

Last Updated on 12/03/2021.

Other San Marcos Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: San Marcos Housing Authority 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.

Closed: Chapultepec Family Self-Sufficiency Waiting List

The San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) Chapultepec Family Self-Sufficiency waiting list for 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom apartments is closed.

It is not known when the SMHA last accepted applications for this waiting list.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the paper application.
  2. Pick up an application from the Chapultepec Homes office.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the SMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SMHA on December 2, 2021.

Last Updated on 12/03/2021.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of July 6th, 2022, it is not known if San Marcos Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, San Marcos Housing Authority manages 221 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, 2021:

Standard Family Unification Ported Out
Vouchers 213 2 6
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $599 $160 $565
Monthly Cost $127,553 $319 $3,387

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 Apartments Operated by San Marcos Housing Authority

Allen Woods Homes

701 S Lbj Dr
San Marcos, Texas