Applying For Housing Assistance

Welcome to the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s (HACA’s) webpage on how to apply for housing assistance. HACA administers both the Conventional Public Housing Program and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Together, these programs provide housing assistance to over 19,000 Austinites on a daily basis.

The need for affordable housing in Austin continues to grow and far exceeds the amount of housing available through HACA’s programs. HACA only receives limited funding from the federal government. As a result, if you are applying for housing assistance through either program, you can anticipate that you may have a significant wait.

HACA does not provide emergency housing. If you are in need of affordable housing assistance while you wait on one of our Waiting Lists or if you were unable to get onto one of our Waiting Lists, please check out these other housing resources.

Public Housing

HACA has 18 different Public Housing sites with 1,838 apartments throughout the city of Austin. Eligible applicants are assigned to a specific Public Housing apartment. While in Public Housing, residents will pay about 30 percent of their household income toward rent. Residents also have access to community development programs that provide assistance with education, job training, youth programs, health and wellness as well as many other programs. The goal is to help each resident maximize their potential and if possible, move back into the private rental market without assistance.

For more information on how to apply for Public Housing, eligibility Information and downloadable applications check out our Public Housing Application Information page.

Starting at 8 a.m. July 20, HACA's public housing application is going digital. You may preview our public housing properties on our communities page. For the first time in agency history, new and existing applicants may now apply online and choose where they'd like to live.

Section 8

HACA has more than 5,400 Section 8 vouchers, also known as Housing Choice Vouchers. Families in the voucher program have the choice and responsibility to select their own housing location within HACA’s jurisdiction and with a landlord that is willing to accept vouchers. Section 8 tenants will pay between 30-40 percent of their household income toward rent.

The waiting list for the Section 8 is currently closed. HACA will provide advance public announcement and notice when we open the waiting list again. Watch our website, Facebook page or Twitter account for information.

For more information on all the rules and regulations of the program, please visit our Section 8 Information page.