About the Program

HCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program allows low-income families to rent quality housing in the private market via federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Through the HCV Program, HCHA pays a portion of eligible families’ rent each month. These payments are made directly to the property owner/manager. Participating families can use their vouchers to rent a house or apartment from private property owners throughout Harris County. This program helps families realize their potential and cultivate their personal, economic and social skills to support the transition from subsidized to non-subsidized housing.

HCHA’s Service Area

HCHA serves areas outside of the city of Houston but within the limits of Harris County. Zip codes served by HCHA are listed below, and participants may also view our Service Area Map.

ZIP codes listed in red or green below have been identified as areas that contain excellent schools and have rental rates above the county average. HCHA will subsidize units for residents choosing to live in these areas at 110% for the red and 120% for the green of its normal payment standard. You can also print a list of the most updated version of our Service Area Zip Codes for all moves, appointments, new port-in’s and new applicants after September 6, 2016. To find school boundary and zoning information, visit www.greatschools.org.

77005
77014
77015
77016
77029
77032
77037
77038
77039
77040
77041
77044
77047
77049
77050
77053
77058
77060
77064
77065
77066
77067
77068
77069
77070
77073
77078
77082
77083
77084
77086
77088
77089
77090
77093
77094
77095
77336
77338
77346
77357
77365
77373
77375
77377

77379
77388
77389
77396
77401
77429
77433
77447
77449
77450
77484
77493
77494
77507
77530
77532
77536
77546
77547
77562
77571
77586
77587
77598

2018 Payment Standards

HCHA serves areas outside of the city of Houston but within the limits of Harris County. Zip codes served by HCHA may be viewed on our service area map. Please review our most recent Payment Standards chart for a complete list of rates.

100% FMR Payment Standards

0 Bedroom $830
1 Bedroom $936
2 Bedroom $1146
3 Bedroom $1565
4 Bedroom $1982
5 Bedroom $2279
6 Bedroom $2577
7 Bedroom $2874
8 Bedroom $3171

110% FMR Payment Standards (RED zip codes above)

0 Bedroom $913
1 Bedroom $1030
2 Bedroom $1261
3 Bedroom $1722
4 Bedroom $2180
5 Bedroom $2507
6 Bedroom $2835
7 Bedroom $3161
8 Bedroom $3488

120% FMR Payment Standards (GREEN zip codes above)

0 Bedroom $996
1 Bedroom $1123
2 Bedroom $1375
3 Bedroom $1878
4 Bedroom $2378
5 Bedroom $2735
6 Bedroom $3092
7 Bedroom $3449
8 Bedroom $3805

Eligibility

Applicants to the HCV Program must meet a number of requirements detailed in HCHA’s HCV Program Administrative Plan including:

  • Qualifying for one of HCHA’s local preferences or being active on HCHA’s Waiting List
  • Meeting income limits specified by HUD
  • Passing a criminal background check

To qualify for the program, applicants must have an income at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI) based on their family size as shown below.

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
50% AMI $26,250 $30,000 $33,750 $37,450 $40,450 $43,450 $46,450 $49,450

Waiting List

Harris County Housing Authority opened its waiting list for the HCV Program October 31 – November 2, 2016. Individuals that completed the required application and submitted the required documents were placed on the waiting list. As vouchers become available, families on the waiting list are contacted to verify their eligibility and continued interest in the program. When the waiting list opens again, HCHA will notify the community through a county-wide campaign.

If you did not register for the waiting list in 2016, you are not eligible for the HCV Program unless you qualify for one for three local preferences. However, you may qualify for other HCHA housing options. For more information about those options, please visit the Find Housing page.

If you did register for the waiting list, you will receive a letter asking you to verify your eligibility and continued interest in the program. These program interest letters are sent out as vouchers become available. For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.