Arlington Texas rental homes

Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Closed August 16, 2016

On August 16, 2016, at 9:00am CST, the Arlington Housing Authority concluded its one week open enrollment period for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Updating your Waiting List Application

All applicants are strongly encouraged to register their waiting list application on AssistanceCheck. Through AssistanceCheck, applicants can check the status of their waiting list application, make changes to their application, and receive information and notices from the AHA regarding their application. In order to use AssistanceCheck, you must first create an account by going to and following instructions shown above, using the PIN provided to you on your waiting list application receipt. After you have set up an account, log on to the AssistanceCheck website (after August 24, 2016) to access your waiting list application. If you need assistance, please contact the AHA at 817-275-3351.

– the AHA’s on-line applicant portal that allows you to:
  • check the status of your Waiting List application
  • make changes to your application, and
  • receive important information, notices and invitations by email from the AHA

Click HERE to access AssistanceCheck, then:

  1. Register for AssistanceCheck using the PIN number located on your WaitList application receipt.
  2. When registering, you will be required to set up a User Name and Password.

NOTE: If you have previously registered with AssistanceCheck, you will be able to use the same username and password.

Program Information

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental housing assistance program serves low and very low-income households with housing assistance, administered by public housing agencies and anyone can apply. The HCV program is a federally funded program in existence since 1975 that serves over 2 million households nationwide and 3, 700 households in Arlington, Texas. The program provides financial assistance to enable eligible participants to lease existing rental units from private property owners who offer decent, safe, and affordable rental housing at rental rates within the HUD published Fair Market Rents (FMR). Each unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection and the rent for the dwelling must be rent reasonable compared to other similar units in the same geographic area.

Participating tenants pay approximately 30% of their adjusted income toward their rent, with the balance paid by the Housing Authority.The AHA does not have sufficient funding to assist all applicants that apply for rental housing assistance. As a result, the AHA maintains a waiting list. The AHA contacts applicants selected from the waiting list by e-mail. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the AHA of any changes to the information they provided on their application, especially their contact information. Applicants are expected to update their application or check the status of their application online.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility to participate in the HCV program is based in part on household income. Applicants must meet the Income Limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) applicable to the jurisdiction and to the number of persons that will reside in the HCV assisted dwelling unit. Applicants with gross annual income from all members of their household equal to or less than 30% of Area Medium Income (AMI), as shown in the table below, may be eligible to participate in the HCV program. In addition to household income, the AHA reviews the criminal background, if any, for all household members age 17 and older. Persons that have committed a felony, or are listed as a Registered Sex Offender, or have used, sold, distributed or manufactured methamphetamines are not eligible to participate in the HCV program.

Persons per Household 2016 Income Limits
$14, 600
$16, 650
$20, 160
$24, 300
$28, 440
$32, 580

Applicant Selection

The AHA lacks sufficient funding to assist all applicants. Applications are placed on a waiting list during open enrollment. The AHA selects applicants from its waiting list when funding becomes available to assist additional households. Applicants are selected on the basis of the AHA’s local preferences. The AHA defines the ‘residency’ preference as applicants that either live or work in Arlington. The ‘working’ preference is defined as persons that are employed. The ‘working’ preference is also awarded to persons with a disability and to the elderly (age 62 and older). Preferences are used as criteria to prioritize, sort and select applicants from the waiting list. Applicants meeting the local preferences are ranked above applicants that do not meet a local preference.

After the end of an open enrollment, the AHA will place applications received on the waiting list as follows:

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