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How do I apply?

When LHA receives your completed application, your name will be placed on our waiting list in order by date and time of its return and taking into consideration any preference for which you might qualify. Placement on the waiting list does not mean you are eligible for Public Housing or Section 8. Your eligibility will be verified when you are at the top of the waiting list.

Once your eligibility has been verified, you will be contacted by our program’s staff. For Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, our office will schedule an appointment with you for your voucher briefing and issue you your voucher. For Public Housing or Farm Labor, the Property Manager will schedule a meeting to show you the available apartment and discuss the lease and program requirements.

The Application Process

Persons interested in participating in any of our housing assistance programs must take the following steps when waiting list is open:

Fill out a pre-application

LHA will post notices in the newspaper and online during the year informing the public when the pre-application date will be. Phone lines will be open for one day allowing people to call and sign up for an appointment. Interested parties are advised to check our website or call our office.

Placed on the waiting list

Once you have given your information to LHA, you will receive a letter in the mail with your appointment time and date. You are asked to bring certain documentation to this appointment. Here, you will fill out the program application and be placed on the waiting list.

Final application and screening process

When your name comes up on the waiting list, you will be contacted by mail to begin eligibility processing. The information you provide to LHA will then be verified for accuracy and eligibility.

Eligibility:

A family’s eligibility for any housing assistance programs are based on the following criteria:

  • All adult family members meet the federal guidelines and applicant screening criteria;
  • All occupants be a family as defined in LHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy;
  • All occupants meet the screening requirements related to criminal activity and have acceptable prior rental history;
  • Household have an annual income that does not exceed income limits established by HUD.

Unit Offer

  • Upon determination that all adult family members meet the federal guidelines and applicant screening criteria; LHA will make the family a unit offer. The Offer will be to all available units in the appropriate bedroom size on a first come first served basis.

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Housing Assistance Options

Section 8

Section 8 provides very low-income families rental assistance in a safe, decent and sanitary home while maintaining their rent payments at an affordable level. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides incentive to private property owners and landlords to rent to low-income families by offering timely assistance payments and excellent service.

Currently, there are over 700 owners and landlords receiving rental assistance checks on behalf of over 1365 Section 8 families. Annually, LHA provides approximately $6.5 million in rental assistance to the greater Laredo community. There are Section 8 families currently receiving assistance in the Webb, Zapata and Dimmit counties.

Public Housing

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for elegible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to housing agencies like the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo (LHA) to manage housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford.

LHA manages and maintains 994 units of public housing spread out through the cities of Laredo and Asherton.

Farm Labor

The Aldo Tatangelo Farm Labor Housing Development is a 48 unit multi-family community administered by the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo, Texas  and developed with Federal assistance through the US Department of Agriculture. This project is designed to provide housing assistance to domestic farm laborers’ families in dwellings that include up to four bedroom units.

Income Eligibility Limits by Household Size

Effective April 14, 2017

Household Size Extremely Low Income Very Low Income
1 Person $12,060 $19,000
2 Persons $16,240 $21,700
3 Persons $20,420 $24,400
4 Persons $24,600 $27,100
5 Persons $28,780 $29,300
6 Persons $31,450 $31,450
7 Persons $33,650 $33,650
8 Persons $35,800 $35,800

Section 8 Payment Standards

Effective September 1, 2017

  0 Bedrooms 1 Bedroom 2 Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
  % FMR 2017 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2017 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2017 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2017 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2017 FMR Payment Standard
Laredo 90% 598 538 100% 639 639 95% 815 774 100% 1,078 1,078 95% 1,235 1,173
Zapata 90% 518 466 94% 538 506 90% 681 613 90% 991 892 90% 1,079 971
Asherton 90% 528 475 93% 547 509 90% 693 624 90% 867 780 90% 1,098 988

Section 8 Utility Allowances

Effective March 1, 2017

Public Housing Maximum Rents

Effective June 1, 2017

Location 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom
AMP 1 – Col. Guadalupe 511 652 862 988
AMP 2 – Russell Terrace 511 652 862 988
AMP 3 – Carlos Richter 511 652 862 988
AMP 3 – Ana Lozano 528 664 872 988
AMP 4 – Senior Home 511 652 N/A N/A
AMP 4 – Meadow Elderly 511 652 N/A N/A
AMP 5 – Meadow Acres 511 652 862 988
AMP 5 – South Laredo 1 N/A N/A 862 988
AMP 5 – South Laredo 2 N/A N/A 862 988
AMP 6 – Asherton N/A N/A 694 878

Public Housing Flat Rents

Effective May 1, 2017

Location 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom
AMP 1 – Col. Guadalupe 511 652 862 988
AMP 2 – Russell Terrace 511 652 862 988
AMP 3 – Carlos Richter 511 652 862 988
AMP 3 – Ana Lozano 528 664 872 988
AMP 4 – Senior Home 511 652 N/A N/A
AMP 4 – Meadow Elderly 511 652 N/A N/A
AMP 5 – Meadow Acres 511 652 862 988
AMP 5 – South Laredo 1 N/A N/A 862 988
AMP 5 – South Laredo 2 N/A N/A 862 988
AMP 6 – Asherton N/A N/A 694 878

Our Developments

AMP 1 is made up of Colonia Guadalupe.

Laredo Housing Authority was created by the City of Laredo in 1938 as the 11th Public Housing Authority in Texas and chose the corner of Park and International Highway 35 as the location of their first site. Colonia Guadalupe was finished in 1941. It is made up of 272 single-family homes.

DEVELOPMENT HOUSING TYPE UNIT TOTAL 1 BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
Colonia Guadalupe Single Family 272 84 138 42 8

Colonia Guadalupe is located on 2000 San Francisco Ave. It is bordered by San Dario Ave./International Highway 35 to the east, Gonzalez St. to the north, San Leonardo Ave. to the west, and Park St. to the south.

AMP 2 is made up of Russell Terrace.

Russell Terrace was finished in 1957 and is the second oldest development belonging to the Laredo Housing Authority. It is made up of 200 single-family homes.

DEVELOPMENT HOUSING TYPE UNIT TOTAL 1 BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
Russell Terrace Single Family 200 24 64 84 28

Russell Terrace is located on 500 Richter Dr.. It is bordered by Springfield Ave. to the east, E Ash St. to the north, Logan Ave. to the west, and E Plum St. to the south.

AMP 3 is made up of Springfield Acres (Ana Maria Lozano) and Carlos Richter.

Ana Maria Lozano was finished in 1980. It is made up of 126 single-family homes. Carlos Richter was finished in 1960 and is made up of 100 single-family homes.

DEVELOPMENT HOUSING TYPE UNIT TOTAL 1 BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
Carlos Richter Single Family 100 16 46 28 10
Springfield Acres Single Family 126 12 60 48 6

Ana Maria Lozano is located on 6500 Springfield Ave. It is traversed by Springfield Ave. and Gale St.

Carlos Richter is located on 1700 Circle Dr. It is bordered by Santa Rita Ave. to the east, Blair St. to the north, Santa Maria Ave to the west, and Frankfort St. to the south. It is traversed by Main St.

AMP 4 is made up of the Senior Citizens Home and Meadow Elderly.

Senior Citizens Home was originally the site of the downtown Mercy Hospital. It was acquired 1961. The building was razed and the new building was completed in 1963. It is made up of 100 apartments on 7 stories. Meadow Elderly was built in 1983 and contains 30 single-family homes.

DEVELOPMENT HOUSING TYPE UNIT TOTAL 1 BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
Senior Citizen’s Home Apartment 100 88 12
Meadow Elderly Single Family 30 26 4

Seniors Citizens Home is located on 700 Juarez St.. It is bordered by Santa Maria Ave. to the east, Matamoros St. to the north, and Farragut St. to the south.

Meadow Elderly is located on 3119 Seymour Circle. It is bordered by Loring Ave. to the east, the Catholic Cemetary to the north, N. Meadow Ave. to the west, and E Plum St. to the south.

AMP 5 is made up of Meadow Acres Phases I & II and South Laredo Phases I & II.

Meadow Acres Residential Complex was finished in 1983. It is made up of 78 single-family homes. Phase I contains 38 units and Phase II includes 40 units. South Laredo Phase I was completed in 1987 and Phase II was completed in 1993. Each development contains 36 units and 20 units, respectively, for a total of 56 single-family homes.

DEVELOPMENT HOUSING TYPE UNIT TOTAL 1 BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
Meadow Acres I Single Family 38 10 18 8 2
Meadow Acres II Single Family 40 4 7 13 16
South Laredo I Single Family 36 18 18
South Laredo II Single Family 20 17 3

Meadow Acres is located on 1641 E. Elm Loop. It is bordered by N. Meadow Ave. to the east, the City of Laredo Cemetery to the north, Nixon High School to the west, and E. Plum St. to the south.

South Laredo I is located on 3501 S. Arkansas Ave. It is bordered Ireland St. to the north, S. New York Ave. to the west, and Las Lomas Del Sur Blvd. to the south.

South Laredo II is located on S. Milmo Ave. It is bordered by S. Martin Ave to the east, Farm Labor to the north, and Saltillo St. to the south.

AMP 6 is made up of the Asherton Development

Asherton was finished in 1990 but was not acquired by LHA until 2006. It is made up of 32 single-family homes.

DEVELOPMENT HOUSING TYPE UNIT TOTAL 1 BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
Asherton Single Family 32 24 8

Asherton is located on 12th Cleveland St., Asherton, TX. It is bordered by  Cleveland St. to the north and undeveloped land to the east and south.

The Aldo Tatangelo Farm Labor development was established in 1988 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide low-cost housing for migrant farm workers.

Click here to view the Farm Labor Management Plan

DEVELOPMENT HOUSING TYPE UNIT TOTAL 1 BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
Aldo Tatangelo Farm Labor Duplex 48 2 14 18 14

Located 2 blocks north of Cigarroa High School in Laredo, TX, it’s offices are located at 2201 Saltillo and it is bordered by Zacatecas St. to the south, S. Martin Ave. to the east, S. Bartlett Ave. to the west, and San Luis St. to the north.

Income Limits
Income Level 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
Very Low $18,350 $21,000 $23,600 $26,200 $28,300 $30,400 $32,500 $34,600
Low $29,350 $33,500 $37,700 $41,900 $45,250 $48,600 $51,950 $55,300
Moderate $34,850 $39,000 $43,200 $47,400 $50,750 $54,100 $57,450 $60,800

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