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How do I apply?

There is a waiting list for all of our housing programs. When the LHA receives the completed application, your name will be placed on our waiting list in order by date and time of its return and with any preference you might qualify for. Placement on the waiting list does not mean you are eligible for public housing. Certification of your eligibility will be done when your name comes to the top of the list.

Our staff will make a final determination of your eligibility. When your name comes to the top of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list our office will schedule a voucher briefing and issue you your voucher. When your name comes to the top of the Public Housing or Farm Labor waiting list the Property Manager will schedule a meeting to show you the apartment and discuss the lease and program requirements.

If you think you are eligible, you can download an application from our website or pick up an application at our office. Return your completed application to our office at 2000 San Francisco, Laredo, TX 78040.

Applications that are not complete will be returned.

The Application Process

Persons interested in participating in the public housing program must take the following steps when waiting list is open:

Fill out a pre-application

A pre-application can be picked up at LHA’s main office, download the application online, or applicants may also have the form mailed to them by calling (956) 722-4521.

Placed on the waiting list

Once the pre-application is received by LHA, the applicants will be placed on waiting list that applies (either family waiting list or elderly waiting list).

Final application/screening process

When the applicant’s name comes up on the waiting list, they will be contacted by mail  to begin eligibility processing. The information provided to LHA by the applicant will then be verified for accuracy and eligibility.


    • 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:
    • Be a family as defined in LHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy;  Meet HUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status; Meet the applicant selection criteria and complete a full application appointment;  Meet the screening requirements related to criminal activity and have accepted prior rental history;
    • Not have any family members engaged in any criminal activity that threatens the life, health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents, and not have any family members engaged in any drug-related criminal activity;  Pay any money already owed to LHA;
    • Have an annual income that does not exceed income limits established by HUD (must not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) based on family size). (Income limit chart is available on LHA’s website or at the main office).

Unit Offer

  • Once the screening process is completed, LHA will offer all available units in the appropriate bedroom size on a first come first served basis.

We empower the community by providing a helping hand.

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 voucher program provides incentive to private property owner/landlords to rent to low income families by offering timely assistance payments and excellent service.

Currently, there are over 700 owners/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 992 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

Household Size
Extremely Low Income
Very Low Income
1 Person
2 Persons
3 Persons
4 Persons
5 Persons
6 Persons
7 Persons
8 Persons

Resident Services

Once you become a resident, additional benefits are offered. Services and events that we are continuously developing for the benefit of LHA’s Public Housing residents and Section 8 tenants include but are not limited to GED preparation, financial literacy,  summer camp for resident youth, holiday parties for seniors and youth, job readiness, homeownership and more. Our goal is to provide a full range of services that decreases the dependency on government-assisted programs and improves the quality of life through self-sufficiency and economic independence.

We accomplish this by providing training and education opportunities, mentoring, employment services, supportive services and by advocating and networking on behalf of our residents and tenants.

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