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Terrell Housing Department

115 N Adelaide Street, Suite 305
Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas 75160

Terrell Housing Department is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of December 4th, 2020, Terrell Housing Department has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Terrell, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on December 18th, 2020.

Terrell Housing Department serves Terrell.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Terrell, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

Open Terrell Housing Department Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some 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, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Terrell Housing Department Website: https://www.cityofterrell.org/services/city-of-terrell-housing-department/.

Terrell Housing Department Phone: (972) 551-6600.

COVID-19 update:

As of November 19, 2020 the THD website states " We are open - by appointment only".

More information is available here.

Open Now: Terrell, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Terrell Housing Department (THD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from November 23, 2020 at 9:00 am, until December 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Persons with a disability
  • Families with Children
  • Persons 62 year of age and older

600 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the THD website.

Sources: This information was verified by the THD public notice on November 25, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Terrell, Texas.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (972) 551-6600 ext. 3556 from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday (excluding Holidays) to set up an appointment.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/04/2020.

About Terrell Housing Department

More information about Terrell Housing Department can be found on its website at https://www.cityofterrell.org/services/city-of-terrell-housing-department/.

Representatives of Terrell Housing Department may be available by phone at (972) 551-6600. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/04/2020, it is not known if Terrell Housing Department is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Terrell Housing Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Terrell Housing Department manages 363 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:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 348 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $625 $1,096
Monthly Cost $217,498 $16,439

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Terrell Housing Department

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 20% having issued approximately 22 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $15,136 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

49% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

80% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 77% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Terrell Housing Department Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 37% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

13% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 48% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 35% 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 Terrell Housing Department voucher holders in 2016 was $391 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $647. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $161.



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.