Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) provides tenant-based assistance, in the form of a voucher, to low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities for rental units chosen by the tenant in the private market. The Housing Authority provides payments directly to participating property owners to offset the cost difference between tenant payments and unit rent. Residents in HHA Public Housing communities may also be eligible for voucher assistance through the HHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

Public Housing Operation Overview

The Public Housing Department is under the direction of a Vice President of Operations who manages affordable housing assets owned by the Houston Housing Authority (HHA) and/or its subsidiaries. Funding is received from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to ensure the provision of decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

In support of HHA’s mission, Public Housing provides core services “to improve lives by providing quality, affordable housing options and promoting education and economic self-sufficiency”. These services range from serving applicants on the waiting list, providing stable housing to individuals and families, empowering resident councils to serve their neighbors, engaging support from a network of community partners, and ensuring community safety.

Client Services Overview

Improving the quality of life and expanding opportunities for resident success is vital to the Houston Housing Authority’s mission. Through a strong network of social and supportive services, the agency works diligently to transform the lives of its clients and help them reach their goals. Linking with a variety of recognized community service providers, the Housing Authority delivers substantial support services and life enrichment programs that promote upward mobility.