DETCOG Accepting Pre-Applications for Rental Assistance Waiting List Lottery


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 Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. CT through Friday, March 31,2023 at 11:59 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 May 15, 2023 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) – 100 points; 2) Veterans and veterans’ families – 5 points; 3) Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking referred by a partnering service agency or consortia, or a religious organization – 5 points; and 4) Families whose head, co-head or spouse is disabled – 5 points. 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.

Placement on the waiting list does not indicate that the family is, in fact, eligible for assistance. Receiving assistance is subject to eligibility requirements.

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