About Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office

The Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office is a Section 8 public housing agency in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office serves Tarrant County, Grapevine, Arlington, Euless, Keller, Saginaw, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Bedford, Richland Hills, Kennedale, Haltom City and White Settlement.

The Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office (TCHAO) also manages the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for the Housing Authority of Grapevine, and the Corsicana Housing Authority.

Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office Waiting Lists

Tarrant County, Texas Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office (TCHAO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It was last open for three days in March 2017; and prior to that for seven days in February 2010.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, disabled, Terrant County resident.

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

Applicants placed on the waiting list can check their status here. If an applicant needs to update application information, they must inform the TCHAO in writing.

For more information, visit the TCHAO website, or call the office at (817) 531-7640.

Last Updated on 03/17/2017.


About the Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office manages 2,916 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,369 16 149 44 25 69 244
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $585 $345 $709 $523 $807 $477 $504
Monthly Cost $1,386,916 $5,526 $105,687 $22,992 $20,167 $32,905 $122,970

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office

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 13% having issued approximately 232 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 68 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 $13,767 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 61% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

54% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

79% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 69% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% 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 Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office voucher holders in 2016 was $345 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $706. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $102.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office

2950 Mustang Drive
The Lakes of Williamsberg is a 224 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Grapevine. Rents at The Lakes of Williamsberg are $679-915.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Grapevine.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
2100 Southcrest
Times Square on the Hill is a 200 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Fort Worth.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
6525 Oak Forest Ct
Tarrant County Community Homes, Inc is a 6 unit low income housing apartment community in Fort Worth.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities