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General Information

What is Public Housing?

A federally funded Low-Rent Public Housing Program that provides quality, affordable rental housing for families, seniors, and persons with disabilities at developments that are owned and managed by the Housing Authority. The agency owns and manages 226 rental units encompassed in 5 housing developments across the city of Mercedes under this program.

Who is Eligible? 
Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals.

An HA determines your eligibility based on:

1) annual gross income;

2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family;

3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.


If the applicant is found to be eligible for public housing, the public housing agency (PHA) will check the applicants’ references to make sure they will be good tenants. Housing agencies will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.


Please download the application by clicking on the button below.

For more details about the requirements and process, please contact us.

Waiting List 

Unfortunately, the Housing Authority lacks a sufficient housing supply to meet the demand for public housing units. The average waiting period for public housing is 6 months to a year for everyone. You will be housed according to availability.

You have the right to accept or decline the public housing offer.  Clients who decline our offer will be withdrawn from the waiting list.

To check on the status of your Public Housing application, you would need to stop by our office every third Thursday of the month & bring in you ID.

Administrative Office 

306 W. 5th St. 

Mercedes, TX 78570

Phone: (956) 565-3139

Hi Rise Office 

501 S. Texas 

Mercedes, TX 78570

Phone: (956) 565-3139

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