How To Apply For Houston Public Housing

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How To Apply For Houston Public Housing


Everything that you’ve ever heard about the Houston public housing waitlist is true.

Its long and the process can be frustrating.

The flips side is it can also be rewarding if you are dedicated to the process.

If you are still reading this I assume you are dedicated to learning about the process, no?

In this article, thats exactly what I will do. I will walk you through the process of applying for Houston public housing.

In addition to learning about the process of applying you will also learn:

  • Who manages the Houston public housing program
  • Whats the difference between public housing and section 8
  • The cost of public housing
  • The locations of all Houston public housing complexes
  • How long you can expect to wait on housing

There’s lots to cover, so let’s dive in!

What Is The Houston Public Housing Program? 

This is a federally funded low-rent program. The program helps to place low-income individuals into housing that is both safe and affordable.

Public housing consists of properties that are owned by the local housing authority. You will see a number of properties in this article and they are all managed by one agency. We will discuss that agency in the next section.

Who Manages The Houston Public Housing Program? 

The Houston Housing Authority oversees this program.  HHA is who accepts your application, screens it and then connects you to housing within their network.

What Is The Difference Between Public Housing and Section 8? 

Although public housing and section 8 seem interchangeable they are not. These are two completely different programs. Each program is however managed by Houston Housing Authority.

Public Housing

We’ve already discussed what the Houston Public Housing Program is, but here is a quick refresher in case you forgot that quickly.

A public housing program offers low-cost housing to residents. Those buildings that the residents are living in are owned and managed by one agency. In the case of Houston, it’s the Houston Housing Authority.

Section 8

Section 8 or the Housing Choice Voucher Program is different than public housing.

While public housing places you in complexes that the local housing authority manages (Houston Housing Authority for us), Section 8 gives you a voucher to seek out your own apartment or home.

If you receive a Section 8 Voucher it’s your responsibility to find a landlord who accepts your voucher. Again this can be an apartment complex or someone rent their own property out. Although the local housing authority will not place you into a Section 8 approved property, they will provide you with a listing of landlords who do accept the voucher.

What Is The Cost Of Houston Housing? 

Houston Housing residents typically pay 30% of their annual adjusted income for rent.

A utility allowance is provided to you if you live in a unit where you are responsible for your own utilities (electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, trash collection).

If utilities are included in your rent then no utility allowance is provided.

Houston Public Housing Wait List 

Waitlist For Seniors

Houston Housing Authority has 6 Houston public housing communities for seniors.

The average wait period for these communities is 12 to 18 months.

Waitlist For Non-Seniors

There are 20 public housing communities for non-seniors.

The average waiting period for these communities is 18 months to 24 months.

The larger your family, the shorter the waiting period. If you were seeking a 1-bedroom apartment, that wait time typically exceeds more than 2 years.

You can decline any housing offer although you will not be eligible to apply for Houston public housing for 1 year.

How To Apply For Houston Housing Authority 

To apply for Houston Housing you must complete an application and submit it to the Houston Housing Authority. You can download a Housing application below:

English

Spanish

There is no option to complete the application online.  You can, however, visit the Houston Housing Authority and turn in or complete your application in their office.

Applications are accepted Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm.

You can also fax your application to Houston Housing Authority at 713.260.0820.

You can mail your application to their office. Below is the address:

2640 Fountain View Drive, Suite 230 Houston, TX 77057

If you’re unable to download an application contact Houston Housing Authority at 713.260.0701 and request for a copy to be mailed to you.

How To Check Your Waitlist Status

To check on the status of your Houston Housing application, call Houston Housing Authority at any of the following numbers:

  • 713.260.0701
  • 713.260.0718
  • 713.260.0706 

You can also visit their website at HousingforHouston.com.


Houston Housing Authority Apartments Listing

Below you will find two listings of complexes; for non-seniors and seniors.

First, we’ll start with non-seniors.

Houston Public Housing For Non-Seniors

The 20 complexes below accept men, women, couples, families and anyone else under the age of 65.

Clayton Homes

Clayton Homes is located just east of downtown Houston.

  • 1919 Runnels – Houston, Texas 77003 – 713.223.4442

Perks:

  • Located a few blocks from Minute Maid Park
  • Easy access to downtown Houston for employment opportunities
  • Many medical clinics and supportive services nearby
  • Daycare center onsite

 

Cuney Homes

Cuney Homes is located in the 3rd Ward neighborhood, across the street from Texas Southern University.

  • 3260 Truxillo Houston, TX 77004 – 713.748.4973

Perks:

  • Located near Texas Southern University, the University of Houston and Yates High School
  • Metro Light Rail is a 10-minute walk away
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • Harris Health Quentin Mease Hospital is nearby
  • 3rd Ward Multi-Service Center is within walking distance also

 

Ewing Apartments

Ewing Apartments are located in the Museum District.

  • 1815 Ewing Houston, TX 77004 – 713.522.9844

Perks:

  • Located within walking distance to Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo, and the Children’s Museum
  • Close proximity to the Houston medical center
  • Easy access to Metro Light Rail

 

Forest Green Townhomes

Forest Greens Townhomes is located in Northeast Houston. The closest major intersection is Mesa and Little York.

  • 8945 Forest Hollow Houston, TX 77078 –  713.635.5779

Perks:

  • In driving distance to the Summerwood H-E-B. Free samples yummers!
  • Multiple restaurants located on Mesa Rd
  • North Forest High School is within walking distance

 

Fulton Village

Fulton Village is located in the Near Northside neighborhood. The closest cross street is Fulton and Collingsworth.


3300 Elser Street Houston, TX 77009 – 713.228.9722

Perks:

  • Located within walking distance of Metro Light Rail
  • Moody Park is also within walking distance
  • Easy access to downtown Houston
  • Close proximity to Harris Health Casa De Amigos
  • Mixed-Income housing

 

Heatherbrook Apartments

Heatherbrook Apartments are located in Northeast Houston. The closest major intersection is Tidwell and Aldine Westfield.

  • 2000 Tidwell Houston, TX 77093 – 713.694.6655

Perks:

  • Mixed income housing
  • Computer learning center, fitness center, swimming pool, laundry facility
  • A 10-minute drive from Alamo Tamales!

 

Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village

Oaks of Allen Parkway is located just west of downtown. The closest major intersection is Allen Parkway and Taft.


1600 Allen Parkway Houston, TX 77019 – 713.651.1250

Perks:

  • Possibly the best view of downtown of any Houston Public Housing complex
  • A 2-minute walk to Eleanor Tinsley Park
  • Close proximity to downtown Houston
  • Mixed-Income Housing

 

Historical Rental Initiative

The Historic Rental Initiative is a collection of 30 single family homes located in the 4th Ward neighborhood.


1600 Allen Parkway (office) Houston, TX 77019 – 713.651.1250

Contact Houston Housing Authority at the number above for more information on the Historical Rental Initiative homes.

 

Irvington Village

Irvington Village is located in the Near Northside neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is Irvington and Collingsworth.

  • 2901 Fulton Houston, TX 77009 – 713.224.1948

Perks:

  • Storefront police station
  • Located within walking distance of Metro Light Rail
  • Moody Park is also within walking distance
  • Easy access to downtown Houston
  • Close proximity to Harris Health Casa De Amigos

 

Kelly Village

Kelly Village is located in the 5th Ward neighborhood. The closest major intersection is Gregg Street and Lyons Ave.

  • 3118 Green Houston, TX 77020 – 713.228.2461

Perks:

 

Kennedy Place

Kennedy Place is located in the 5th Ward neighborhood. The closest major intersection is Gregg St and Clinton.


3100 Gillespie Houston, TX 77020 – 713.225.5929

Perks:

 

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is another Houston Public Housing complex. It’s located in the Acres Homes neighborhood. The closest major intersection is West Little York and North Shepherd.


790 West Little York Houston, TX 77091 – 281.445.0570

Perks:

 

Long Drive Townhomes

Long Drive Townhomes are located on in Southeast Houston. The closest major intersection to this Houston Public Housing complex is Long Dr and Telephone Rd.


6767 Long Dr. Houston, TX 77087 – 713.643.8232

Perks:

 

Oxford Place

The Oxford Place Houston public housing complex is located in north Houston. The closest major intersection is Berry Rd and Tidwell.


605 Berry Rd Houston, TX 77022 – 713.884.8235

Perks:

  • Onsite daycare
  • Onsite computer lab
  • Located near Metro Light Rail
  • Walmart and other retail stores less than a 5-minute drive away
The Peninsula

The Peninsula is a Houston Public Housing complex located in SW Houston. The closest major intersection is West Fuqua and S. Post Oak.


4855 West Fuqua Street Houston, TX 77045 – 713.434.8275

Perks:

  • Mixed-income housing
  • Computer Lab
  • Exercise room
  • Swimming pool
Uvalde Ranch

If you are searching for Houston Public Housing on the east side of town Uvalde Ranch could be a destination for you. The closest major intersection is Wallisville and Maxey Rd.


5300 S. Lake Houston Parkway Houston, TX 77049 – 713.450.1552

Perks:

  • Playground for children
  • Business Center
  • Community and game rooms
  • Close proximity to restaurants on Wallisville
  • Easy access to High 90 leading toward downtown Houston

 

Victory Place

Victory Place is a Houston Public Housing complex located in the 4th Ward neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is W. Gray and Taft Street.


1520 Bailey Houston, TX 77019 – 713.529.8773 

Perks:

  • Close proximity to downtown Houston
  • Countless options for shopping and dining
  • Walkable community
  • Plenty of employment opportunities nearby

 

Willow Park Apartments

This Houston Public housing complex is located deep in the heart of SW Houston. The closest major intersection is Fondren and Beltway 8.


14001 Fondren Missouri City, TX 77489 – 281.437.9993

Perks:

  • Mixed-income housing
  • Built-in microwaves
  • Swimming pool
  • Easy access to Beltway 8 and SW Freeway
  • Multiple options for dining
  • Access to Metro Bus routes

 

Mansions at Turkey Creek

Mansions at Turkey Creek is located in Humble. The closest major intersection to the Houston public housing complex is 1960 and Aldine Westfield.

20919 Birnamwood Blvd Humble, TX 77338 – 281.821.3100

Perks:

 

Sweetwater Point

Sweetwater Point is located at the edge of Houston, boarding Pearland. The closest major intersection to the Houston public housing complex is Telephone Rd and Beltway 8.


7909 S. Sam Houston Parkway E. Houston, TX 77075 – 832.200.9945

Perks:

  • Mixed-income housing
  • Many Pearland restaurants nearby
  • Close proximity to Hobby Airport

Houston Housing Authority Senior Complexes

The following complexes only accept seniors over the age of 62.

2100 Memorial Drive Apartments

This senior housing complex is located just west of downtown Houston. The closest major intersection is Memorial Dr and Sawyer St.

2100 Memorial Houston, TX 77007 – 713.587.5000

Perks:

  • Beautiful high rise views of downtown Houston
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Library
  • Theater
  • Billards room
  • Dining facilities nearby

 

Bellerive Apartments

This senior public housing complex is located in SW Houston. The closest major intersection is SW Freeway and Bellaire Blvd.

7725 Bellerive Houston, TX 77036 – 713.789.5000

Perks:

  • Nurse call systems
  • Security cameras
  • Multiple dining options nearby
  • Sharpstown Health Center less than a 10-minute drive away

 

Lyerly Apartments

This Houston public housing complex is located in north Houston. The closest major intersection is Crosstimbers and I-45.

75 Lyerly Houston, TX 77022 – 713.694.6681

Perks:

  • Nurse call system
  • Shaded courtyard
  • Monthly health and wellness presentations
  • Community outings for residents

 

The Pinnacle at Wilcrest Apartments

This complex is located in SW Houston. The closest major intersection is Bissonnet and Wilcrest.


9520 Wilcrest Drive Houston, TX 77099 – 281.933.6200

Perks:

  • Mixed-income housing
  • Swimming pool
  • Scenic courtyards with fountains
Telephone Rd Apartments

This Houston public housing complex on situated in Houston’s southeast side. The closest major intersection is Bellfort and Telephone.

 


6000 Telephone Rd Houston, TX 77087 – 713.645.2131

Perks:

  • Shaded walkways
  • Retail stores and restaurants less than 1 mile away
  • Near Hobby Airport
  • Emergency call buttons

 

Villas on Winkler Apartments

This complex is located in SE Houston, just off the Gulf Freeway. The closest major intersection is Monroe and I-45.

  • 8625 Winkler Houston, TX 77017 – 713.910.7774 

Perks:

  • Mixed-income housing
  • Active adults 55+
  • Easy access to I-45

Conclusion

At first glance, many pass on the chance to place their name on a Houston public housing waitlist.

They see waits of 12-24 months and decide it’s not worth the effort.  This is the wrong mindstate to have.

Even if it takes 2 years, that day will eventually come. We probably never thought we’d see the year 2018, but its here. Or maybe gone if you are reading this is the distance future.

Use this guide to help you find placement on a Houston Housing Authority waitlist.

One day of effort could result in years of security knowing that you have a clean, safe place to call home.

Have you been to any of the properties above? If so what was your impression of the complex? Tell others about it in the comment section below. 

 

Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.