Public Housing Authority


The Public Housing Authority was established by the State of Texas and is responsible to:

  • Properly manage federal funds without waste, fraud, or mismanagement;
  • Operate projects and programs for the benefit of lower income families;
  • Assure that the income limits as established by statute are adhered to;
  • Maintain the accounting books and records in accordance with HUD requirements and submitting required six month/ year-end financial statements;
  • Operate projects and programs with maximum efficiency and economy;
  • Submit an annual operating budget and all related supporting documents in accordance with the ACC;
  • Adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1988 (as amended) and Executive Order 1.1063; and
  • Approve and adopt all policies and legal documents of the Public Housing Authority, including the 5-Year and Annual Plan.


The Public Housing Authority meets four times per year on Tuesdays.


Commissioners of the Public Housing Authority are appointed by the mayor with approval of City Council and serve a two-year term. All commissioners except resident commissioners may serve an unlimited number of consecutive terms. Resident commissioners may serve only two consecutive terms. If the Public Housing Authority wants to keep a particular resident commissioner longer, the mayor may appoint that person to a regular commissioner slot when one becomes available.

Download an application to serve on this commission.

Member NamePositionTerm Expiration
Heather OntiverozChairJune 2023
Allen TahaVice ChairJune 2023
Nelda de Lourdes Arroyo-PerezResident CommissionerJune 2023
Mary JelleyMemberJune 2022
Sister Kathleen HigginsMemberJune 2023
Members of the Public Housing Authority