Serving Rosenberg, TX


  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

What is Section 8?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by Public Housing Agencies (PHA’s), who receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

Since the housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. The participant may choose any housing that meets the minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA, and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participant. The participant then pays the landlord a portion of rent (the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program) based on approximately 30% of their monthly household income.

If the participant selects a unit that is higher in rent than the approved payment standard, the participant must pay the difference up to 40% of the monthly household income. However, rent charged by the landlord for the participants unit must be comparable to rent charged for unassisted units in the area.


When application enrollment is opened, the public will be notified by an announcement in the Fort Bend Herald.  Applicants should bring information on income, social security numbers, and address and telephone number where they can be reached.

When applicants are selected to receive assistance, they will be invited to an interview to verify their income and assets. They will need to furnish birth certificates and social security cards for all family members.

Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will open

August 15, 2016 at 8:00AM - August 17, 2017 at 12:00PM (CST)

Pre-Applications will be accepted ONLINE only!!!

For Instructions in English click HERE; Spanish Instructions click HERE

During the times indicated above, you may click HERE to access the online application.

ATTENTION FAMILIES LOOKING FOR SECTION 8 VOUCHER ASSISTANCE:  Watch out for SCAMS! Reportedly, there are Internet Sites claiming to be application sites for voucher assistance.   They are taking fees and personal information from people claiming to put them on waiting lists. These are BOGUS! The only way you can apply for voucher assistance is directly through a local housing authority. In Texas, go here  to find the applicable housing authority.

Waiting List

The average wait for housing approximately two years.  Once an application is complete, applicants must keep it active by updating changes in income, family size, address, and phone number.

The Family's Responsibilities:

Provide the Housing Authority with complete and accurate information pertaining to the family income and composition.

Report any changes in income and family composition that occur throughout the year.

Locate a suitable unit and pay security deposit and application fee to the owner.

Attend scheduled appointments and return documents on time.

Maintain the property and repair any damages beyond normal wear and tear.

Comply with the terms of the lease.

Pay their portion of rent on time to the owner.

Comply with all family obligations under the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Payment Standards

Payment Standards Effective November 1, 2015 - October 31, 2016

Utility Allowances

Utility Allowances for 2016

Administrative Plan

Administrative Plan 2016

PHA 5-Year Plan

Annual/5 Year Plan beginning October 2015



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