About Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates

The Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Waco, Texas.

The Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates serves Waco.

The Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates also manages the Somervell County Housing Authority and Hill County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program; and the Mart Housing Authority Public Housing program.

Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Waco Housing Authority & Associates (WHAA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

For more information, visit the WHAA website, or call the office at (254) 752-0324, from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm CT Monday-Thursday.

Last Updated on 07/07/2017.

Hill & Somervell County, & Waco, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates (WHAA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in July 2017; and prior to that from March 2015 until April 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Full time education, working a minimum of 20 hours per week, veteran, elderly, disabled, victims of domestic violence, homeless, residents.

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

For more information, visit the WHAA website, or call the office at (254) 752-0324, from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm CT Monday-Thursday.

Last Updated on 07/20/2017.


About the Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates manages 2,428 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,252 10 54 48 64
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $498 $281 $511 $725 $392
Monthly Cost $1,121,626 $2,810 $27,615 $34,780 $25,057

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates

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 16% having issued approximately 155 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $13,203 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 57% were extremely low income (ELI). 41% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% 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, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

58% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 56% of households with children have a female head of household. 89% of all households were headed by a female.

86% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 74% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 64% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates voucher holders in 2016 was $328 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $573. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $94.



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 Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates

937 South 11th
Waco, Texas
Kate Ross Homes is a 288 unit low income housing apartment community in Waco.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
1809 J.J. Flewellen
Waco, Texas
Estella Maxey Place is a 364 unit low income housing apartment community in Waco.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
100 Kennedy Circle
Waco, Texas
South Terrace Apartments is a 250 unit low income housing apartment community in Waco.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
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