HUD provides the primary source of PHA policy through federal regulations, HUD Notices, and handbooks. Compliance with federal regulations, current HUD Notices, and HUD handbooks is mandatory. HUD provides non-mandatory guidance to PHAs through HUD published guidebooks. Expired HUD Notices and handbooks also provide guidance for PHA policy.

Following HUD guidance is optional, as long as PHA policies comply with federal law, federal regulations and mandatory policy. Because HUD has already determined that the guidance it provides is consistent with mandatory policies, PHA reliance on HUD guidance provides HATC with a “safe harbor.”


Content contained on the HUD website can provide further clarification of HUD policies. Where there is no mandatory federal guidance, PHAs must comply with state law, if it exists. Where state law is more restrictive than federal law, but does not conflict with it, HATC should follow the state law.


The following are HATC’s program policies for the Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) and the Public Housing Program.


Project Based Rental Assistance & Low Income Housing Tax Credit for a Family Site


The PHA Plan is a comprehensive guide to public housing agency (PHA) policies, programs, operations, and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals. There are two parts to the PHA Plan: the 5-Year Plan, which outlines long term property improvement, and the Annual Plan, which is prepared yearly by the Housing Authority of Travis County and the Board of Directors.

Housing Authority of Travis County’s current PHAS score is 93.

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