Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

TDHCA institutes Section 8 priority for flood victims

TDHCA has approved an emergency measure authorizing a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program preference for disaster assistance to low income households displaced by recent floods.

As a result, the Department will be able to issue vouchers to flood victims who are eligible for Section 8 assistance and reside in cities or counties in which the Department operates the program. TDHCA administers the Section 8 Program in 46 cities or counties where there typically is no local public housing authority.

The Section 8 Program provides rental housing assistance to low income individuals and families, providing safe, decent housing that might otherwise be beyond their reach. Qualified households select the best available housing through direct negotiations with landlords, and TDHCA pays approved rent amounts directly to property owners.