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Arlington Housing Authority to Accept Applications for its Housing Choice Voucher Program June 18, 2015, through June 24, 2015. Read More

Applicants from Prior Open Enrollments Must Re-apply.

The Arlington Housing Authority (AHA) will accept applications for its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program beginning Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. CST. The AHA will accept applications 24 hours per day through Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. CST.

To ensure the application process is accessible, equitable and available to all, applications received will be randomly assigned their position on the waiting list. Time and date of application will not be used to establish an applicant’s position on the waiting list.

The AHA will only accept applications submitted electronically via the website link below. Hand-delivered, faxed, mailed, and emailed applications will not be accepted.

Notice was issued to all active applicants (from any prior open enrollment) to their last known email address informing them that active applications from any prior open enrollment will be terminated effective June 15, 2015. Applicants that applied during any prior open enrollment period must re-apply during the above referenced open enrollment – no exceptions.

Applicants that do not have access to a computer or the internet may use computer equipment located at any branch of the Arlington Public Library or a computer kiosk located in the lobby of the Arlington Housing Authority office located at 501 W. Sanford Street, Suite 20, Arlington, TX 76011, where additional assistance will be provided as needed, upon request. Applicants with a physical disability needing assistance to apply may contact the AHA during the open enrollment period at 817-276-6722.

All applicants must have an active email address. If an applicant does not have an email address, free email accounts are available through websites such as Google. To obtain an email account through Google, go to click here.  The AHA does not endorse any Internet provider.

TO APPLY for Housing Choice Voucher Program rental housing assistance, Click here to access the application website.

  1. Answer all questions, and submit the application electronically.
  2. Print the receipt of your submitted application and keep a copy in a safe place for future reference. Your receipt is needed to check the status of your application, make changes, and to receive information and notices from the AHA. Applicants will receive information and instructions after June 29, 2015, regarding how to register for AssistanceCheck – the AHA’s on-line applicant portal.

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, formerly known as the Section 8 program, is a rental housing assistance program to help qualified low income persons reside in safe, decent, affordable rental housing.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility to participate in the HCV program is based in part on household income. Applicants with gross annual income from all members of their household equal to or less than 30% of Area Medium Income (AMI), as shown in the table below, may be eligible to participate in the HCV program.

Persons per Household 2015 Income Limits
1 $14,650
2 $16,750
3 $20,090
4 $24,250
5 $28,410
6 $32,570

Applicant Selection

The AHA lacks sufficient funding to assist all applicants. Applications are placed on a waiting list. The AHA selects applicants from its HCV program waiting list when funding becomes available to assist additional households. Applicants are selected from the waiting list on the basis of the AHA’s local preferences and the applicant’s position on the waiting list. Applicants meeting the local preferences are ranked above applicants that do not meet a local preference.

Local Preference Criteria is defined as:

  • Households that reside in Arlington or work in Arlington
  • Households whose head of household or spouse (co-head) has income from employment
  • Households whose head of household or spouse (co-head) is age 62 or older
  • Households whose head of household or spouse (co-head) is disabled and receives Social Security Disability income

When selecting applicants from the waiting list, the AHA will contact applicants by email (as listed in their application or AssistanceCheck account). The AHA will communicate with applicants by email and may, at its sole discretion, communicate with applicants by phone or mail. It is the responsibility of the applicant to update their HCV waiting list application with regard to any changes in information, especially changes to their contact information. For example, if the AHA sends an applicant notice by email that their application was selected from the waiting list and offers the applicant the opportunity to attend an eligibility meeting and the applicant fails to attend the scheduled meeting, the AHA will remove their application from the waiting list and notify the next applicant on the waiting list. As a result, it is critical that applicants are registered for AssistanceCheck at www.assistancecheck.com and are properly maintaining their email address, telephone number, and physical mailing address on the AssistanceCheck applicant portal as soon as possible after open enrollment.

Updating your Waiting List Application

All applicants are strongly encouraged to register their waiting list application on AssistanceCheck. Through AssistanceCheck, applicants can check the status of their waiting list application, make changes to their application, and receive information and notices from the AHA regarding their application. In order to use AssistanceCheck, you must first create an account by going to www.assistancecheck.com and following instructions shown above, using the PIN provided to you on your waiting list application receipt. After you have set up an account, log on to the AssistanceCheck website (after June 29, 2015) to access your waiting list application. If you need assistance, please contact the AHA at 817-275-3351.

After June 29, 2015, go to www.assistancecheck.com and register for AssistanceCheck:

  • Register for AssistanceCheck using the PIN number located on your Wait List application receipt
      1. When registering, you will be required to set up a User Name and Password so that you can access AssistanceCheck at any time to:
  • check the status of your Waiting List application
  • make changes to your application, and
  • receive important information, notices and invitations by email from the AHA

Frequently Asked Questions:

A list of frequently asked questions and answers to these questions is available for your review. Click here to access the FAQs.

For More Information about the HCV program view the following video: HCV PROGRAM VIDEO or go to http://www.arlingtontx.gov/housing/rentalassistance_hvc.html

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Changes to Rental Housing Assistance Payments

Effective August 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) implemented a change in the manner in which they process Housing Choice Voucher funding to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs).The Housing Choice Voucher funds are used to issue payments to participating property owners in the form of monthly rental housing assistance for eligible tenants.

HUD will now issue rental housing assistance funding to PHAs on or about the first of each month.  The Arlington Housing Authority (AHA) depends on the receipt of HUD funds before it can issue housing assistance payments.  When the AHA receives its monthly allocation of funding from HUD, for payment of rental housing assistance payments, the AHA will issue payment to participating property owners and tenants.

For Example:

In August 2014, HUD payment of Housing Choice Voucher program funds was received Friday, August 01, 2014.

Upon confirmation that the funds were received in the AHA’s account, the AHA notified its bank to release payments and transfer funds into participating property owner’s accounts.

Transfer of funds is expected to occur Monday morning, August 4, 2014.

Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Closed May 16, 2014

On May 16, 2014, at 1pm CST, the Arlington Housing Authority concluded a two week open enrollment period for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

After May 25, 2014, applicants that submitted applications during this open enrollment period must log into www.assistancecheck.com and register their application on the Applicants Portal, using the unique PIN number assigned to each applicant on their receipt when their application was submitted. By logging into www.assistancecheck.com applicants can receive information about the status of their application, make changes to their application and receive information from the Arlington Housing Authority.

The AHA will contact applicants selected from the waiting list by e-mail, telephone or mail delivered by the US Postal Service. It is the responsibility of the applicant to update their application including their contact information.

Address / Phone / Fax

Housing Authority of the City of Arlington
501 W. Sanford Street, Suite 20
Arlington, TX  76011
Ph:    817-275-3351
Fax:  817-962-1200

Hours of Operation

Office Hours

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Mon – Fri

Lobby Hours

  • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Mon – Thu (closed during lunch)
  • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Fri

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