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Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates

4400 Cobbs Drive
Waco, McLennan County, Texas 76710

Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates is a Public Housing Agency in Waco, Texas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of March 29th, 2020, Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Other Bedroom Sizes Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates serves McLennan County.

Waco Housing Authority and 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. Select the link for an agency for waiting list information.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Other Bedroom Sizes Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
McLennan County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Closed
1-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. As of March 16, 2020, many waiting lists that are already open have remained open, but those may become postponed as well, or submission instructions may be adjusted. 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates Website: http://www.wacopha.org/.

Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates Phone: (254) 752-0324.

Open Until Further Notice: Other Bedroom Sizes Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Waco Housing Authority and Associates (WHAA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least December, 2019, until further notice.

Please note: As of December 10, 2019, the 1-Bedroom waiting list is closed, but the other bedroom sizes associated with this opening have not yet been confirmed.

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

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Veteran with an honorable discharge from the armed services
  • Currently employed
  • Head of household or spouse is 62 years of age or older
  • Full time student taking 12 hours or more, or able to provide verifiable justification for less than 12 hours
  • Victim of domestic violence
    • Must be certified by the Family Abuse Center in the last 12 months
  • Currently live at Estella Maxey, Kate Ross, South Terrace, or Mart Housing Authority and have participated in the Family Self Sufficiency program
  • Head of household is disabled or handicapped
  • Homelessness/Substandard Housing
    • This preference must be certified in writing by a caseworker within the HOT Homeless Coalition or the assigned McLennan County school district liaison for the homeless as being homeless.
  • Local Residency
    • Public Housing applicants may claim this preference if they currently live in McLennan County TX

For more information, visit the WHAA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Waco, 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 (254) 752-0324.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/09/2020.

Other Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates Waiting Lists

Closed: McLennan County, Texas Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates (WHAA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day only, on January 8, 2020. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

For more information, visit the WHAA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Waco Tribune-Herald, and the WHAA website, as of December 10, 2019.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in McLennan County, Texas.

Last Updated on 01/08/2020.

Closed: 1-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Waco Housing Authority and Associates (WHAA) waiting list for 1-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on April 1, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the WHAA website.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 12/10/2019.

About Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates

More information about Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates can be found on its website at http://www.wacopha.org/.

Representatives of Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates may be available by phone at (254) 752-0324. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 7:30am-6:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am-6:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am-6:30pm
Thursday 7:30am-6:30pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 03/29/2020, it is not known if Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates 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 Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates manages 2,488 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 Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,229 10 46 73 57
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $514 $478 $528 $1,084 $371
Monthly Cost $1,145,609 $4,779 $24,267 $79,125 $21,162

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Waco Housing Authority and 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 and 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 and 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 Apartments Operated by Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates

Kate Ross Homes

937 South 11th
Waco, Texas

Estella Maxey Place

1809 J.J. Flewellen
Waco, Texas

Low Income Housing Managed by Waco Housing Authority and Affiliates

Cottages of Oak Springs

1900 Woodgate Dr
Woodway, Texas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers
Accessible