Some High-Income Texans Have Homes in Public Housing

While Texans are still on the waiting list for public housing, more than 1,000 families earning above eligibility keep their homes.

By Rhonda FanningSeptember 30, 2015 9:26 am

In Olney, Texas, a family earns $227,709. The twist: they also receive taxpayer subsidies for rent.

A new United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s audit finds that 41 percent of families in their public housing program are making $10,000 more than the income cap.

Alexa Ura covers politics and demographics for the Texas Tribune. She says more than a thousand Texas families are overqualified for the program.

“Because the families only have to have the qualifying limit when they apply, once their income gets over that limit, they can remain in housing and that’s what we’re seeing across the state,” Ura says.

Listen to our interview in the audio player above.