Section 8 Apartments

To find a complete directory of Housing Authorities or to be alerted when Wait Lists opens in your area, visit Affordable Housing Online.


To learn how to check the status of your pre-application for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, visit the LotteryAppChecker.

Make sure that you update any changes to your name, address, phone number, email address and family size while on the waiting list.

Changes can be reported by clicking this link:  Applicant Portal.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Formerly Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) is a federally assistance program that offers subsidized housing options in the private market to low-income individuals, families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Program funding is supplied by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Voucher holders generally pay 30 to 40 percent of their annual income for rent. Individuals are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements.  Voucher holders can find available units here.

Local Housing Authorities are listed below:

Harris County Housing Authority
Houston Housing Authority
Baytown Housing Authority
Pasadena Housing Authority


What is Public Housing?

Public housing is a program for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

In a public housing apartment, you still have to pay rent, but the less money you make, the lower the rent will be.

Because public housing is truly affordable housing, and because there is a short supply, it sometimes takes a very long time for there to be a vacancy. Once you start living in public housing, you can stay unless:

  • you don’t pay the rent;
  • you break the rules; or
  • you start making enough money that you can afford to live in the private market.

For Public Housing, call the participating housing agencies listed below:

Baytown Housing Authority: 281-427-6686
Houston Housing Authority: 713-260-0701

To search for a public housing apartment, click Public Housing.



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