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Houston Housing Authority Waiting List Information


The federally funded Low-Rent Public Housing Program provides quality, affordable rental housing for families, seniors, and persons with disabilities at developments that are owned and managed by the Housing Authority. The agency owns and manages 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city.

Pursuant to program requirements, residents typically pay about 30 percent of their annual adjusted income for rent. Utility allowances are provided for households residing in developments where tenants are responsible for their own utilities. All Public Housing rules and policies can be found in the Admissions & Continuing Occupancy Policy (ACOP). Please click here to view the ACOP

Click here for a listing of the Housing Authority's Public Housing Communities , including the senior communities.

Senior Communities Inquiries:

HHA has three public housing senior communities for those 62 and older. The average wait period for these communities is 12 to 18 months.

Wait List Information:

Unfortunately, the Housing Authority lacks sufficient housing supply to meet the demand for public housing units. The average waiting period for public housing is 18 months to 2 years for everyone under the age of 62. For 1-bedroom apartments, that wait time is typically longer than 2 years. For seniors, the average wait time is 6 to 9 months. You will be housed according to availability.

You have the right to accept or decline the public housing offer. Clients who decline our offer will be withdrawn from the waiting list and will not be eligible to reapply until 1 year after the withdrawn date.


A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Houston Housing Authority on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8) Waiting List is Currently CLOSED and not accepting applications. Applicants can check Lottery AppChecker to determine their status on any of the HHA waiting lists for housing benefits.


Who is eligible?

Income eligibility limits for the program are set by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as percentages of the local area median income. The incomes below are the current maximum household income based on the number of family members in the household. Only applicants who meet the income limits are eligible. More information can be found on the HUD website


HHA program Guidelines can be found in the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy.


Can I apply at the Houston Housing Authority’s offices?

No, the applications are available only online. Applications can be completed by clicking here. Applications can be submitted 24 hours a day. Paper applications are not available or accepted at any HHA property or office.

What if I don’t have Internet?

The Houston Housing Authority coordinated with the City of Houston and Harris County libraries, which provide public access to computers with internet, to help anyone without home internet to access the application. If necessary, the application website can be accessed through a smartphone as well.


What if I have a question about the application form?

Questions can be answered at 1-713-260-0500 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Houston Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, ancestry, or sexual orientation in the access to, admission into, or employment in housing programs or activities.

Begin by entering your date of birth, the programs you wish to apply for and entering your social security number:

Date of birth

Select the programs you want to apply to:


Please enter your SSN twice to get started:

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