ETCOG Accepting Pre-Applications for Rental Assistance Waiting List Lottery

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The Deep East Texas Regional Housing Authority (DETRHA) will open its waiting list lottery for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and begin accepting pre-applications on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. CT through Friday, July 31,2021 at 5:00 p.m. CT. Pre-applications will be accepted online at and will NOT be accepted at the Housing Authority’s office, nor by fax or mail.

The date and time the pre-application is submitted during the waiting list lottery opening period does not determine whether a pre-application will be selected for the waiting list. Pre-applications will be selected using a random lottery system. DETCOG will accept 1,000 applications during the waiting list lottery opening period. Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery and according to DETCOG preference(s). Applicants – will be notified of waiting list status by September 15, 2021 through their login.

Preferences include: 1) Families who live or work in the DETCOG Regional Housing Authority service area, including: Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler .~ Counties (Houston County does not include Houston, Texas nor any part of Harris County, Texas; Tyler County does not include Tyler, Texas nor any part of Smith County, Texas); 2) Veterans and veterans’ families; 3) Victims of domestic violence; and 4) Families whose head, co-head or spouse is disabled.

Pre-applications will be accepted on-line at  and may be submitted anytime day or night during the waiting list lottery opening from any computer or mobile device with internet access. Any computer or mobile device with internet access can be used to complete the pre- application. Request for a reasonable accommodation can be made by calling our office at (936) 634-2247, Ext 5262. There is no cost to apply for housing and a credit report is not needed to apply.

No applicant has the right nor is entitled to be listed on the waiting list, or to any particular position on the waiting list. Placement on the waiting list does not indicate that the family is eligible for assistance. Receiving assistance is subject to eligibility requirements.

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