About Walker County Housing Authority

The Walker County Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Huntsville, Texas.

The Walker County Housing Authority serves Walker County, Huntsville and New Waverly.

Walker County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Walker County, TexasHousing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Walker County Housing Authority (WCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in April 2017; and prior to that for one day in January 2015.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to visit the WCHA office.

There were no preferences.

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

For more information, call the WCHA at (936) 291-3306.

Last Updated on 04/22/2017.


About the Walker County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Walker County Housing Authority manages 250 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers20842
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$327$337
Monthly Cost$68,107$14,160

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Walker County 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 22% having issued approximately 11 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 19 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $14,167 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 56% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% 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 73% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 37% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

38% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

62% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 58% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Walker County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 43% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

58% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 9% with 3 or more bedrooms. 2% 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 Walker County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $313 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $441. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $108.



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.