Affordable Housing: Public Housing Agencies

This information outlines the different types of
public housing available in Harris County. 

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 your 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 one of 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 on
Public Housing 

What are Housing Choice Vouchers - Section 8?

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. 

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by Public Housing Agencies.  There are four Public Housing Agencies that serve Harris County:

Harris County Housing Authority: 713-578-2100

Houston Housing Authority: 

Baytown Housing Authority:  281-427-6686

Pasadena Housing Authority:  713-475-5544

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of their choice that participates in the housing choice voucher program.  A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord.  The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged and the amount subsidized by the program.

If you have applied for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and want to know what your status is, please visit:

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