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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 the Housing Choice Voucher program. 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 the Housing Choice Voucher program, 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.

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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.


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

Housing Choice Voucher

The Housing Choice Voucher program provides very low-income families rental assistance in a safe, decent and sanitary home while maintaining their rent payments at an affordable level. The 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 HCV families. Annually, LHA provides approximately $6.5 million in rental assistance to the greater Laredo community. There are HCV 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 1, 2021

Household Size Extremely Low Income Very Low Income
1 Person $12,880 $21,350
2 Persons $17,420 $24,400
3 Persons $21,960 $27,450
4 Persons $26,500 $30,450
5 Persons $31,040 $32,900
6 Persons $35,350 $35,350
7 Persons $37,800 $37,800
8 Persons $40,200 $40,200

Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Effective October 1, 2021


  0 Bedrooms 1 Bedroom 2 Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
  % FMR 2022 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2022 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2022 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2022 FMR Payment Standard % FMR 2022 FMR Payment Standard
Laredo 100% 756 756 110% 760 836 100% 942 942 100% 1,222 1,222 100% 1,349 1,349
Zapata 100% 560 560 110% 629 691 100% 757 757 100% 1,002 1,002 100% 1,105 1,105
Asherton 100% 580 580 110% 596 655 100% 784 784 100% 1,034 1,034 100% 1,145 1,1145


Housing Choice Voucher Utility Allowances

Effective March 1, 2022

Public Housing Flat Rents & Maximum Rents

Effective January 1, 2021

Location 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom
AMP 1 – Col. Guadalupe 588 732 959 1,081
AMP 3 – Carlos Richter 588 732 959 1,081
AMP 3 – Ana Lozano 588 732 959 1,081
AMP 4 – Senior Home 588 732 N/A N/A
AMP 5 – Meadow Acres 502 633 959 1,081
AMP 5 – South Laredo 1 N/A N/A 959 1,081
AMP 5 – South Laredo 2 N/A N/A 959 1,081
AMP 6 – Asherton N/A N/A 835 936


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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Senior Citizen’s Home Apartment 100 88 12

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russell Terrace is a mixed community consisting of 162 RAD PBV units, and 38 non-RAD PBV units.

Originally constructed in 1957, Russell Terrace is currently undergoing a modernization era where 132 units are being demolished and reconstructed with modern amenities. The remaining 68 units that are not being demolished will be undergoing an extensive remodeling in order to bring them into the 21 century.

Visit the RAD Russell Terrace Revitalization Project Page by clicking here.

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.

Our Meadow Elderly development was built in 1983 and contains 30 single-family homes which are set aside for the exclusive use of elderly citizens using RAD PBV vouchers.
Meadow Elderly Single Family 30 26 4

Meadow Elderly is located on 3119 Seymour Circle in Laredo, TX. 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.

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
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

Adopted COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs

On May 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued Notice PIH 2021-14, waiving select statutory and regulatory requirements for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and extending some deadlines from earlier notices (Notices PIH 2020-05, PIH 2020-13 and PIH 2020-33). These waivers provide administrative flexibilities to PHAs in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. Use of these waivers is at the discretion of the PHA.

This is notification to tenants and others of waivers the Laredo Housing Authority is using or plans to use under Notice PIH 2021-14 in order to limit in-person contact and accelerate paperwork and policy changes that support the health and safety of LHA employees, tenants and others during the Coronavirus pandemic.

With or without further notice, this information may change if HUD changes requirement dates, period of eligibility or adds new waivers that LHA uses.

Waiver reference in HUD Notice Waiver Summary / Relevant Dates
PH and HCV-2 Family income and composition-delayed annual reexams Permits the PHA to delay the annual reexamination of income and family composition; HCV PHAs must implement HCV-7 for impacted families if they implement this waiver.
PH and HCV-3 Annual reexam income verification Waives the requirement to use the income hirarchy, including the use of EIV, and allow PHAs to consider self-certification as the highest form of income verification.
PH and HCV-4 Interim reexaminations Waives the requirement to use the income verification requirements, including the use of EIV, for interim reexaminations.
PH and HCV-5 EIV System Monitoring Waives the mandatory EIV monitoring requirements.
PH and HCV-8 Eligibility Determination: Income Verification Waives the third-party income verification requirements for applicants, and will allow PHAs to consider self-certification as the highest form of income verification at admission. PHAs must review the EIV Income and IVT Reports to confirm/validate family reported income within 90 days.
PH and HCV-9 Eligibility Determination: Social Security Number and Citizenship Verification Waives the requirements to obtain and verify social security number documentation and documentation evidencing eligible noncitizen status before admitting applicants to the HCV and Public Housing programs. PHAs may accept self-cerification of date of birth and disability status if a higher level of verification is not immediately available. Individuals admitted under this waiver must provide the required documentation within 90 days of admission
HQS-5 Biennial Inspections Allows for delay in biennial inspections. PHAs must conduct all delayed biennial inspections from CY 2020 as soon as reasonably possible but no later than 6/20/22, and must conduct all delayed biennial inspections from CY 2021 as soon as reasonably possible but no later than 12/31/22.
HQS-6 Interim Inspections Waives the requirement for the PHA to conduct interim inspections and requires alternative method Allows for repairs to be verified by alternative methods
HQS-9 HQS QC Inspections Provides for a suspension of the requiremnt for QC sampling inspections.
HCV-2: Information When Family Is Selected: PHA Oral Briefing Waives the requirement for an oral briefing; Provides for alternative methods to conduct required voucher briefing
HCV-3: Term of Voucher: Extensions of Term Allows PHAs to provide voucher extensions regardless of current PHA policy
HCV-4: PHA Approval of Assisted Tenancy: When HAP Contract is Executed Provides HAP payments for contracts not executed within 60 days; PHA must not pay HAP to owner until HAP contract is executed
HCV-6 Automatic Termination of the HAP Contract Allows PHA to extend the period of time after the last HAP payment is made before the HAP contract terminates automatically.
HCV-7 Increase in Payment Standard during HAP Contract term Provides PHAs with the option to increase the payment standard for the family at any time after the effective date of the increase, rather than waiting for the next regular reexamiantion to do so.
HCV-8 Utility Allowance Schedule required review & revision Provides for delay in updating utility allowance schedule.
PH-1: Final Closeout of Capital Funds Extension of deadlines for ADCC and AMCC
PH-5: Community Service and Self-Sufficiency Requirement Temporarily suspends CSSR
PH-7: Over-Income Families Changes to timeframes for determination of over-income
PH-8: Resident Council Elections Provides for delay in resident council elections
PH-10: Tenant Notifications for Changes to Project Rules and Regulations Advance notice not required except for policies related to tenant charges
PH-12: Public Housing Agency Annual Self-Inspections Waives the requirement that the PHA must inspect each project
11a – PHAS Allows for alternatives related to inspections; PHA to retain prior year PHAS score unless requests otherwise
11b – SEMAP PHA to retain prior year SEMAP score unless requests otherwise
11b-2 – SEMAP Waives the requirement for PHAs to submit an annual SEMAP certification in PIC within 60 days of FYE during the period of time that HUD will roll forward prior SEMAP scores.
11c: Uniform Reporting Standards: Filing of Financial Reports; Reporting Compliance Dates Allows for extensions of financial reporting deadlines
12c: Extension of Deadline for Programatic Obligation and Expenditure of Capital Funds Provides a one-year extension
MR-5 PHA Inspection Requirement Waives the annual inspection requirement and allows PHAs to delay annual inspections for Mod Rehab units. All delayed annual inspections must be compelted as soon a reasonably possibe but no later than one year after the date the annual inspection would have been required absent the waiver.
MR-6 Adjustment of Utility Allowance Waives the requirement to allow PHAs to delay the review and update of utility allowances.
MS-2 Mainstream Criminal Background PHAs may establish, as an alternative requirements, screening requirements for applicants for Mainstream vouchers which are distinct from those in place for its HCV program in general.

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