Skip the Section 8 Wait List at Beaumont Housing Authority

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Skip the Section 8 Wait List at Beaumont Housing Authority

The city of Beaumontoffers two programs for residents who need assistance with housing costs. The (BHA) owns and manages public housing units all over the city. They also administer the Section 8 Voucher Housing Voucher program, which is part of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Keep reading to learn how you qualify and apply for each one, and find out how DoNotPay can help you decide which route is best for your family.

Help Available at the Beaumont Housing Authority

BHA does not provide emergency housing services. If you need immediate assistance, contact the Beaumont Emergency Rental Assistance website.

1. Public Housing Program

The owns 642 housing units across town. Most of these units are in multi-family communities, but there are some single-family homes in the program.

Families have to meet certain requirements to qualify, but one of the main ones is household income—you can only earn up to 80% of the median income in Beaumont to qualify, which was $40,505 in 2019. Families whose income falls below that number pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent and utilities.

2. Section 8 Housing Vouchers

Housing choice vouchers give low-income families the chance to move into privately owned homes. Landlords who agree to participate in the voucher program meet criteria set by HUD—the homes must be safe, in good repair, and maintained after the tenant moves in. In return, they are pretty much guaranteed continuous tenants, and a portion, if not all, of the rent payments, are made directly to the landlord by the BHA.

This rent subsidy program offers residences from one to four bedrooms, and almost any type of residence can qualify if it meets the other standards. So you'll see single-family homes and multi-family apartments. duplexes, mobile homes, townhomes—pretty much any kind of dwelling.

3. Section 8 New Construction Program

There's a third option, a newly-built multi-family community called Northridge Manor. It's not part of the regular voucher program, but sort of a hybrid. Tenants pay 30% of their adjusted income to the landlord, and the rest of the fair market rent is paid by the BHA.

Income Limits for Housing Assistance in Beaumont

The amount of money your household can earn varies with the program you apply for, but here's a general guideline. The numbers are based on the average median income in Beaumont, which is $48,168, according to the 2020 US Census.

1 PersonPublic housing $41,280Voucher $25,800
2 PersonPublic housing $41,280Voucher $47,120
3 PersonPublic Housing $53,040Voucher $33,150
4 personPublic Housing $58,900Voucher $36,800
5 personPublic Housing $63,650Voucher $39,750
6 personPublic Housing $68,350Voucher $42,700
7 personPublic Housing $73,050Voucher $46,650
8 personPublic Housing $77,750Voucher $48,600

How the Waiting Lists Are Prioritized

BHA follows federal guidelines regarding who gets housing first. Veterans, the elderly, and people with disabilities are considered special circumstances and move to the top of the list. Why? Because families in the military, and who are caregivers for other family members, are less likely to be able to work outside the home. Since it's the goal of the BHA for all residents to have the income sufficient to afford housing, it just makes sense to give a special boost to families with those extenuating circumstances.

Veterans Get Priority Assistance in Beaumont

shows its appreciation for veterans and their families in lots of ways, but the most important may be that these families get preference on housing waiting lists. Veteran" can have several meanings, here's how the BHA makes the classification. Any Head of Household who is currently on active duty was honorably discharged with one of the following branches:

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Marines
  • Coast Guard

National Guards are also included if they deployed during wartime. Veteran spouses are included here, as are the surviving spouses of military members killed in action. You'll need to confirm your status with documentation from the Department of Defense or Veteran's Affairs.

Housing for the Elderly

has two public housing communities that are designated for elderly residents, Grandpine Courts, and The Crossing. Both are reserved for citizens who are 55 and older.

There's Also Housing for People with Disabilities

Beaumont also has housing units that are handicapped-accessible and reserved for families with a special-needs member. The Voucher program also allows families to choose a privately-owned residence that features the accommodations that meet their needs.

Where to Apply

You can apply online for housing assistance on the BHA website. You can also apply in person at this address.

The Housing Authority is open during normal business hours.

OnlineOfficial Website
In-Person1890 Laurel

Beaumont, TX 77701

Telephone: 409-951-7200

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Navigating all these processes is not easy, and getting on a waitlist is just the first step. You want to get it right the first time so that you don't risk your spot on the list with incorrect paperwork.

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  1. Answer a few questions about your income, family size, veteran/disability status, which county you hope to live in, etc.

  2. DoNotPay will find the PHA in charge of that county and contact them with all of your eligibility information to determine if you can start applying. They'll get back to you directly via email with the next steps.

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