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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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 are 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 (after Dec. 13), 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.

2013-14 Annual Report

HACA is proud to release its 2013-14 Annual Report. Read the report in our Press Room.

Austin Pathways

Austin Pathways is here! HACA's nonprofit organization that promotes education and general welfare of low-income Austinites in subsidized housing programs has renamed itself Austin Pathways. A dedicated website will be online in the coming months. To learn more about Austin Pathways, visit us on Facebook.



Public Notices

Public Notices for Proposed Changes to HACA's Utility Allowance Schedules for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing have been posted.

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

HACA has been awarded a $300,000 planning grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative to strategize the revitalization of its Rosewood Courts property and the surrounding neighborhood.
View the full press release
View the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant


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