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FWHA develops, owns, and operates quality affordable and accessible housing for citizens of  Fort Worth and Tarrant County with a range of incomes utilizing various federal, state, and local programs. Our agency currently provides more than 6,000 units of quality affordable housing and serves more than 18,000 citizens.

Program Eligibility

General Program Eligibility

FWHA’s Public Housing program provides housing to more than a thousand families with very low income in Fort Worth. Applicants must be income eligible and residents must adhere to program rules.

For all rental assistance programs, specific eligibility requirements must be met for admission. All applicants must qualify as a family. A family includes but is not limited to:

  • A family with or without children;
  •  An elderly family;
  • A near-elderly family;
  • A disabled family;
  • A displaced family;
  •  A single person.

Applicants must meet the Gross annual income limits that are published by HUD.

FY 2015 Income Limits (Effective 3/6/15)

Number of Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
30% of median  $14,650 $16,750 $20,090 $24,250 $28,410 $32,570 $36,730 $40,890
Very Low Income $24,400 $27,900 $31,400 $34,850 $37,650 $40,450 $43,250 $46,050
Low-Income $39,050 $44,600 $50,200 $55,750 $60,250 $64,700 $69,150 $73,600

·   Each member of the family must be a citizen, national or a non-citizen who has an eligible immigration status.

·  Applicants will be required to provide the necessary documentation and sign various consent forms.

·  All applicants must pass a criminal history background check.


Eligibility for Special Programs (Homeless)

To be eligible for FWHA special programs, an individual or family MUST BE HOMELESS.  HUD defines homeless as:

  • Sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (street, car, abandoned
  •  Sleeping in an emergency shelter
  • Residing in transitional or supportive housing for homeless persons
  • Being evicted within a week from a private dwelling
  • Being discharged from a short-term stay in an institution and previously resided on the street or in an emergency shelter 
  • Being discharged from a longer stay in an institution (over 30 days)
  •  Fleeing domestic violence  

Although FWHA administers the housing assistance, the programs are all in cooperation with other agencies.  Applicants must meet the homeless definition AND the different agencies' criteria, as well as HUD qualifying criteria.

The amount of rental assistance is calculated similar to the method used by the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8) Program.  The tenant pays approximately 30% of their adjusted income for rent and the Housing Authority pays the difference between the approved rent and the tenant's share of the rent.  Tenants pay their portion directly to the landlord.

To find out if you are eligible for any of our programs or for more information on how to apply - please contact Anna Gaines at 817.333.3602.