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Arlington Housing Authority
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 29th, 2016

The Arlington Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in .

Arlington, TX is about 20 miles west of Dallas, TX.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. Only online applications were accepted. Printed, faxed and emailed applications were not accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live and/or work in Arlington, employed, elderly, disabled and receives Social Security Disability income.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Applicants are strongly encouraged by the AHA to register their application here after August 22, 2016 to check their status on the waiting list, and update application information.

Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on March 31st, 2016

The Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office (TCHAO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It was last open for seven days in . There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

In 2010, more than 13, 000 people applied.

Market Overview

Arlington is a city in Tarrant County, Texas. The population of Arlington, according to the 2010 Census, is 365, 438. The total number of households in the city is 133, 072. The average household size for Arlington is 2.56. The total number of renter households in the city is 56, 688 which means that 42.6% of households are renter households.

Arlington’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

Program Properties Units
Section 8 423
LIHTC 16 3, 098
Section 202 83
Section 811
Total 21 3, 645
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Arlington is 173.60. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is Goldston at 366 units and the smallest is Fielder House at 6 unit(s). 4 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 343 units. Of the 3, 645 units, units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Federally Assisted Units By Property

† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Arlington

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.

In Arlington, there are 5 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to very low income households. In addition, Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office provides 2, 508 Section 8 rental vouchers in Arlington.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Arlington, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $34, 700 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24, 300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits

$24, 300 $27, 800 $31, 250 $34, 700 $37, 500 $40, 300 $43, 050 $45, 850
$14, 600 $16, 650 $20, 160 $28, 440 $32, 580 $36, 730 $40, 890

Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Arlington is in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Arlington is $69, 400.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

$29, 160 $33, 360 $41, 640 $45, 000 $48, 360 $51, 660 $55, 020

Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2, 045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

In Project Based Section 8 properties, the owner sets the utility allowance after conducting a utility cost analysis. The amount of the allowance is reviewed and approved by HUD. The utility allowance is different for each size dwelling unit.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, utility allowances are set by the Public Housing Authority (PHA) that administers the program. The PHA sets the allowance based on reasonable utility costs for similar types and sizes of housing units to the unit the voucher holder is renting.

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