The Housing Authority of the City of Austin will close at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25, and will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. We will repoen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.

Welcome to HACA

As a High Performing Housing Authority that assists more than 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.

Our current waitlist (more than 1,000 individuals) reflects a great need for affordable housing in Austin. Currently, the HCV Program serves approximately 5,100 families a month thanks to a cooperative relationship between the housing authority, assisted family and owner or property manager.

Property owners and managers can use the 24/7 Partner Portal to access Housing Assistance Payment details, HQS inspection results, status of tenant re-examinations, various forms and program other information relating to properties currently under contract with the HCV program.

We recently completed a series of videos showcasing the services and opportunities available to HACA residents. We invite you to watch these short videos to learn more about what the agency does and who we serve.

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How to Check if You were Selected in the Section 8 Lottery

The random Section 8 lottery has been completed. You can find out if your application was selected for the Waiting List by going to our Application Checker.

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

    1. Either your Social Security Number or the confirmation number you received after submitting your pre-application
    2. Your date of birth.

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

Some versions of Android cell phones have had difficulty with using the Application Checker.  If you are having difficulty, please try using a desktop computer.  If you are still having difficulty, please contact us and we will assist you.

When you enter this information into the Application Checker, you will receive a message notifying you if you have been selected. If you are not selected, please visit our resources 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 (after Dec. 13), update your current mailing address and other contact information, as well as report any changes in household members (adding or deleting).

It is important that you keep all your information current through the Applicant Portal.  When your name comes to the top of the list, we will be contacting you by mail to invite you to the eligibility interview.

2014-15 Annual Report

HACA is proud to release its 2014-15 Annual Report. Read the report in our Press Room.

Austin Pathways

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Austin Pathways, HACA's nonprofit organization, 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 Notices for proposed changes to HACA's Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP), utility allowance and payment schedules for the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs have been posted.

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

For more information and updates about HACA's Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant and initiative, visit
The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) is dedicated to planning, prioritizing and developing strategies to end homelessness in Austin, Texas. The overall role of ECHO is to identify specific strategies and to oversee ongoing planning efforts and implementation of the plan to end chronic homelessness.

Help End Veteran Homelessness

The OneKeyATX Campaign needs landlords and property owners to commit at least one unit to veteran families that may have rental barriers. Learn more about how you can partner with OneKeyATX to help end veteran homelessness.

Blue Santa Online Sign-Up

Austin Section 8 and Public Housing residents may sign up for Blue Santa online, but HACA residents must have family members on their applications verified by HACA Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Staff. If you live outside of Austin, contact Brown Santa.

You have two options to verify your Blue Santa application:

Option 1

If you have Internet access, fill out the online application at: Click the "Apply for assistance" button on the left, then click on the "Apply for assistance online" button. Once you have completed your online application, call or email an FSS coordinator with your application number and name to have your application verified and submitted.

You must contact HACA with this information. Your application will not be sent to Blue Santa until it has been verified by the agency.

Option 2

If you do not have Internet access or need assistance with the online application, HACA will have computer labs available at our housing sites. Blue Santa Computer Lab Schedule

FSS Staff

Becky Summersett (512) 767-7659

Lisa Marie Garcia (512) 767-7646

Angie Towne (512) 767-7655

The deadline to verify your Blue Santa application with HACA is Dec. 1.


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