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

Participating Properties

Participating Property Map

Click the link above to see the full list of properties that are participating in the Section 811 PRA Program by making units available to eligible households.

Program Eligibility Criteria

  1. Disability The applicant household must include at least one person with a disability and who is 18 years of age or older and less than 62 years of age at the time of admission into the property; and the person with a disability must be part of one or more of the target populations noted below:
    • Persons with disabilities exiting institutions (e.g., nursing facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Related Conditions [ICF/IID]), who are eligible to receive long-term services and supports through a HHSC (formerly DADS) waiver or STAR+PLUS;
    • Persons with serious mental illness who receive services through HHSC (formerly DSHS); and
    • Youth or young adults with disabilities exiting DFPS foster care.


  2. Income The applicant household must be below the Extremely Low Income (ELI) level as noted in this chart (PDF).

  4. Criminal History – Drug Use The applicant household must not include:
    • Any member(s) who was evicted in the last three years from federally assisted housing for drug-related criminal activity.
    • Any member that is currently engaged in illegal use of drugs or for which the owner has reasonable cause to believe that a member’s illegal use or pattern of illegal use of a drug may interfere with the health, safety, and right to peaceful enjoyment of the property by other residents;
    • Any household member who is subject to a State sex offender lifetime registration requirement; and
    • Any household member if there is reasonable cause to believe that member’s behavior, from abuse or pattern of abuse of alcohol, may interfere with the health, safety, and right to peaceful enjoyment by other residents.

  6. Student Status The student must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible. The student must:
    • Be of legal contract age under state law;
    • Have established a household separate from parents or legal guardians for at least one year prior to application for occupancy, or
    • Meet the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of an independent student. (See the Glossary for definition of Independent Student);
    • Not be claimed as a dependent by parents or legal guardians pursuant to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations; and
    • Obtain a certification of the amount of financial assistance that will be provided by parents, signed by the individual providing the support. This certification is required even if no assistance will be provided.


    If the property is also a Housing Tax Credit (HTC) Program (denoted by *) the following additional student rules apply:

    A household cannot be comprised of all full-time students (Kindergarten through 12th grade and institutions of higher education) unless they meet one of the following exceptions:

    • A student receiving assistance under Title IV of the Social Security Act (TANF); or
    • A student who was previously in the foster care program; or
    • A student enrolled in a job training program receiving assistance under the Job Training Partnership Act or under other Federal, State or local laws; or
    • The household is comprised of single parents and their children and such parents are not dependents of another individual and such children are not dependents of another individual other than a parent of such children. In the case of a single parent with children, the legislative history explains that none of the tenants (parent or children) can be a dependent of a third party; or
    • The household contains a married couple entitled to file joint tax returns.
    • Note that for the LIHTC program, a student who is a full-time student for any portion of 5 months out of the current calendar year is considered a full-time student for the entire calendar year. The months do not need to be consecutive.


*The program is available only in specific metropolitan areas (PDF) that also have participating properties.

Households must meet all of the Program Eligibility Criteria, as applicable, and the Property Level Tenant Criteria before a household can move into a participating property.