HACA's public housing application is now digital. Applicants can also choose which property/properties they'd like to apply for. View our 18 public housing properties at:

You can find more information on our Public Housing Information Page.


Welcome to HACA

As a High Performing Housing Authority that assists more than 18,000 Austinites, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) owns and operates nearly 1,900 units of conventional public housing in 18 developments throughout Austin. Development sites range from high-rise apartments on Lady Bird Lake to small duplexes in residential neighborhoods. HACA also manages the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program that provides rental vouchers for more than 5,000 units of housing in Austin's private rental market.

Our current waitlist (more than 1,000 individuals) reflects a great need for affordable housing in Austin. Currently, the HCV Program serves approximately 5,100 families a month thanks to a cooperative relationship between the housing authority, assisted family and owner or property manager.

Property owners and managers can use the 24/7 Partner Portal to access Housing Assistance Payment details, HQS inspection results, status of tenant re-examinations, various forms and program other information relating to properties currently under contract with the HCV program.

We recently completed a series of videos showcasing the services and opportunities available to HACA residents. We invite you to watch these short videos to learn more about what the agency does and who we serve.

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Rental Assistance Demonstration Project

HACA is breaking ground with a bold new initiative to preserve public housing in Austin and improve the lives of more than 4,300 Austinites who rely on that public housing. Learn more

How to Check if You were Selected in the Section 8 Lottery

The random Section 8 lottery has been completed. You can find out if your application was selected for the Waiting List by going to our Application Checker.

You will need the following information to check if you were selected for the Waiting List:

    1. Either your Social Security Number or the confirmation number you received after submitting your pre-application
    2. Your date of birth.

You must enter this information exactly as it is on your pre-application.

Some versions of Android cell phones have had difficulty with using the Application Checker.� If you are having difficulty, please try using a desktop computer.� If you are still having difficulty, please contact us and we will assist you.

When you enter this information into the Application Checker, you will receive a message notifying you if you have been selected. If you are not selected, please visit our resources page to learn about other housing options.

If you were selected, you will be directed to the Applicant Portal where you can set up your account. In the Applicant Portal, you can check your number on the waiting list, update your current mailing address and other contact information, as well as report any changes in household members (adding or deleting).

It is important that you keep all your information current through the Applicant Portal.� When your name comes to the top of the list, we will be contacting you by mail to invite you to the eligibility interview.

2015-16 Annual Report

HACA is proud to release its 2015-16 Annual Report. Read the report in our Press Room.

Austin Pathways

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Austin Pathways, HACA's nonprofit organization, promotes education and general welfare of low-income Austinites in subsidized housing programs has renamed itself Austin Pathways.



Public Notices

Public Notices for the closure of property-specific public housing waiting lists; and public comment on the 2017 Draft Annual PHA Plan have been posted. HACA has also posted proposed changes to the ACOP and HCV Administrative Plan.

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

For more information and updates about HACA's Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant and initiative, visit
The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) is dedicated to planning, prioritizing and developing strategies to end homelessness in Austin, Texas. The overall role of ECHO is to�identify specific strategies and to oversee ongoing planning efforts and implementation of the�plan to end chronic homelessness.

Help End Veteran Homelessness

The OneKeyATX Campaign needs landlords and property owners to commit at least one unit to veteran families that may have rental barriers. Learn more about how you can partner with OneKeyATX to help end veteran homelessness.


Community Resources

HACA maintains lists of resources on many types of local, state and national housing resources including homebuyer assistance and financial aid.
» Community resources list

Report Housing Fraud

HACA has a Fraud Investigation Unit dedicated solely to investigating allegations of suspected fraud.
» Report housing fraud by phone or email

Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation

HACA's nonprofit subsidiary serves as contract administrator for project-based Section 8 housing in Texas and Arkansas.
» Go to the SHCC website