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Welcome to HACA

As a High Performing Housing Authority that assists over 18,000 Austinites, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) owns and operates nearly 1,900 units of conventional public housing in 18 developments throughout Austin. Development sites range from high-rise apartments on Lady Bird Lake to small duplexes in residential neighborhoods. HACA also manages the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program that provides rental vouchers for more than 5,000 units of housing in Austin's private rental market.

Section 8 Waiting List Opening

HACA will open the Waiting List for Section 8, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, for the first time since 2006. HACA will accept pre-applications online only from 12:00am October 22, 2014 through 11:59pm on October 29, 2014. Read more.

How to Check the Status of Your Section 8 Pre-Application

HACA will complete the lottery within 45 days of the closing date, October 29, 2014. Information on who was selected for the Waiting List will be available through our Application Checker after December 13, 2014. The Application Checker is located on the Internet at

You will need the following information to be able to check to see if you were selected for the Waiting List:

    1. Either your Social Security Number or the Confirmation number you receive after submitting your pre-application; and
    2. Your date of birth.

You must enter this information exactly as it is on your pre-application.

When you enter this information into the Application Checker, you will receive a message notifying you if you have been selected or not. If you are not selected, please visit our resource page to learn about other housing options.

If you are selected, you will be directed to the Applicant Portal where you can set up your account. In the Applicant Portal, you can check your number on the Waiting List, update your current mailing address and report any changes in household members (adding or deleting).

2013-14 Annual Report

HACA is proud to release its 2013-14 Annual Report. Read the report in our Press Room.

Austin Pathways

Austin Pathways is here! HACA's nonprofit organization that promotes education and general welfare of low-income Austinites in subsidized housing programs has renamed itself Austin Pathways. A dedicated website will be online in the coming months. To learn more about Austin Pathways, visit us on Facebook.



Public Notices

Public Notice for Proposed Changes to the Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy have been posted.

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

HACA has been awarded a $300,000 planning grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative to strategize the revitalization of its Rosewood Courts property and the surrounding neighborhood.
View the full press release
View the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

Community Resources

HACA maintains lists of resources on many types of local, state and national housing resources including homebuyer assistance and financial aid.
» Community resources list

Report Housing Fraud

HACA has a Fraud Investigation Unit dedicated solely to investigating allegations of suspected fraud.
» Report housing fraud by phone or email

Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation

HACA's nonprofit subsidiary serves as contract administrator for project-based Section 8 housing in Texas and Arkansas.
» Go to the SHCC website