Texas Section 8: Qualifying for Affordable Housing Vouchers

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  • Texas section 8 provides rental assistance under federal guidelines. Find out whether you can qualify for an affordable housing voucher through this program.

Texas section 8 is a housing voucher program designed to help state residents under a certain income limit find homes they can afford. If you qualify for section 8, you can receive a voucher that pays all or part of your rent for an eligible townhouse, apartment or single-family home. Different cities in Texas have different eligibility rules for the Section 8 program.

Who Qualifies for Section 8 Housing in Texas?

Under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, individuals and families can access housing assistance from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. To qualify, your household must fall below 50% of the annual median gross income for your ZIP code established by Housing and Urban Development, accounting for factors that include family size, medical expenses, child care expenses, and available assets.

Texas also has designated section 8 programs for elderly residents, veterans and
people who have disabilities

How Do I Apply for Section 8 Housing in Texas? 

You must start the application process at your local public housing agency. Each PHA office has its own application for Texas section 8. You must apply in writing or in person with the help of a PHA representative. The office will gather and verify details about your income, assets, household members, health status and ability to work. 

If you qualify, you can select a rental home that meets the agency's guidelines for safety and moderate price. After an inspection, you can move into the property and begin receiving your vouchers.

How Long Is the Wait for Section 8 in Texas?

Depending on where you live, you could wait up to 2 years for Texas section 8 housing. You can check your waitlist status through the Texas Housing Authority. Many towns and cities report a wait of about 12 to 18 months for section 8 vouchers. 

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