Eligibility for Housing Services programs is determined by Travis County through the county's local community centers.

Included Income

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), money, wages and salaries before any deductions.
  • Net receipts from non-farm or farm self-employment (receipts from a person's own business or from an owned or rented farm after deductions for business or farm expenses.)
  • Regular payments from social security, railroad retirement, unemployment compensation, strike benefits from unionfunds.
  • Worker's compensation, veteran's payments, training stipends, alimony, military family allotments.
  • Private pensions,government employee pensions (including military retirement pay), regular insurance or annuity payments.
  • Dividends, interest, net rental income, net royalties, periodic receipts from estates or trusts; and net gambling or lottery winnings.

Excluded Income

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD1) payments, Supplemental Security Income (SS1) payments, capital gains; any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank.
  • The sale of property, a house, or a car, one-time payments from a welfare agency to a family or person who is in temporary financial difficulty.
  • Tax refunds, gifts, loans, and lump-sum inheritances, one-time insurance payments, or compensation for injury, non-cash benefits (employer-paid portion of health insurance or other employee fringe benefit.
  • Food or housing received in lieu of wages.
  • The value of food and fuel produced and consumed on farms, the inputed value of rent from owner-occupied non-farm or farm housing.
  • Federal non-cash benefit programs as Medicare, Medicaid, Food stamps, and school lunches.
  • Housing assistance and combat zone pay to the military.
  • College scholarships, PeB and other grant sources, assitantships, fellowships and work study.
  • Child support payments.

Source: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Housing Services

5021 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701 (Map)
Phone: (512) 854-7250
Fax: (512) 479-9545

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