Childress Housing Authority

Frequently Asked Questions


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No, appointments are not necessary.

SGHA tries to accommodate request to view an apartment, but we do not always have one available for showing. You would need to schedule this request.

There is a $300.00 pet deposit that is required to be paid in full prior to the pet being on the property. We must have a picture and current shoot record for the pet.

The wait will vary, and it is not possible to give you an exact time. It is best that you ask at the time you complete your application, so we might give you an estimated answer based on where your application or name is on the waiting list.

1 bedroom $150.00
2 bedroom $225.00
3 bedroom $275.00
4 bedroom $300.00

Rent is based on 30% of the adjusted income, so it could be as low as $50 up to the flat rent.

• One Bedroom units currently rent for a flat fee of $318.00 per month.
• Two Bedroom units currently rent for a flat fee of $383.00 per month.
• Three Bedroom units currently rent for a flat fee of $514.00 per month.
• Four Bedroom units currently rent for a flat fee of $587.00 per month.

The tenants pay their gas and electric and SGHA pays for the water, sewer and trash removal.


SGHA are safe due in part to the 1986 "One Strike" Law, better screening of applicants for violent and drug related criminal activities, more resident involvement in safety and security. We work closely with the local law enforcement if needed helping to insure the safety of our properties.

FY 2011
1-person - $27,250       5-people - $42,050
2-people - $31,150       6-people - $45,150
3-people - $35,050       7-people - $48,250
4-people - $38,900       8-people - $51,350

All units are furnished with:

• Gas Range
• Refrigerator
• Pantry in Kitchen
• Plenty of Kitchen Cabinets
• Central Heat Air Conditioning
• Washer and Dryer Hook-ups
• Linen closets and dirty clothes hampers
• Smoke Alarms
• Phone Jacks 
• Plenty of Closets 
• Front Porch Area 
• All Units are Brick 
• All Units have Metal Roofs 
• All Units are Equipped with Storm Doors, New Storm Screens, and Thermal Dual Pane Airtite® Windows

8:00 a.m. -12:00 noon, Monday - Friday

You will need to bring the following items with you:

• Current picture I.D. for all persons over 18
• Original Social Security cards for all members of the household
• Certified State Birth Certificates for all household members
• Proof of current income
• Rental references: name and address of landlords for the past 3 years
• Marriage License, Divorce Decree or Separation Statement
• Proof of any assets

Having no income does not disqualify you for Public Housing. However, you will be required to get the utilities turned on in the Head of Household name.

• Come into the office and pick up an application.
• You may take it with you or fill it out in our office.
• If you are unable to come to the office, you may call and request an application be mailed to you.

Application Process

Shady Grove Home Apartments Housing Authority of Childress administers the Public Housing Program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The family must meet the low or extremely low income guidelines published yearly by the Department of Urban Development (HUD).

Applications are available at our office

The application must be mailed or delivered to our office. If the application is incomplete when we receive it at our office, it will not be processed.

Mail to:
Shady Grove Home Apartments 
Housing Authority of Childress 
P.O. Box 722 
Childress, Texas 79201-0722

Submitting an Application

To apply for rental assistance, the family must complete an application turn it and all required documentation in to the office, to be placed on the waiting list. The length of time on the waiting list is determined by the number of families currently on the list and the apartments available.

The following information and documents are required when turning in the application for housing assistance:

• Original picture I.D. for all persons over 18
• Original Social Security cards for all members of the household
• Proof of current income
• Rental references: name and address of landlords for the past 3 years
• Certified State Birth Certificates for all household members
• Marriage License, Divorce Decree or Separation Statement
• Proof of any assets

Once SGHA has processed and approved the application the applicants name is placed on the waiting list.

The application is required to keep in contact with our office in order for their application to stay active.

Length of the waiting list is determined by the number of families currently on the list and the number of vacant units available.

If your address changes while you are on the waiting list, you must send or bring into our office a written statement with your new address. It is important that we have your correct mailing address, if a letter is sent to inform you that there is an opening for assistance, you only have 7 days to call our office or your name will be removed from the list and you will need to re-apply and be placed at the bottom of the list. Our agency is not responsible for undelivered mail.

Apartment Offers

Once an apartment becomes available SGHA will notify the applicant by mail and phone if available. The applicant will have 7 days to contact the office or they will be removed from the list and will have to re-apply to be placed at the bottom of the list.

Once the apartment offer has been made, the applicant will have an opportunity to view the unit and accept or deny it. If denied, the applicants name will move to the bottom of the list. If an applicant denies an offer three times, they will be removed from the waiting list and will have to re-apply.

Upon acceptance of the offer an appointment time will be set up to sign the Lease and all of the required documents. The appointment time will take between 45 minutes - 60 minutes. The applicant and all adult members of the household are required to be at this appointment. If the appointment is missed with no notification the unit will be offered to the next person on the list.

At this time the applicant will also be informed what rent and security deposit amounts will be due at the appointment. Everyone's rent is based on 30% of their adjusted income or the Flat Rent amount. SGHA accepts checks or money orders only.

Payments must be adjusted during the term of rental assistance if there are any changes in income, family size or allowances. Any and all changes must be reported in writing within 10 days of occurrence. Failure to notify our office of any changes will result in repayment of back rent amounts due, and if not resolved will result in termination of assistance.

Before the scheduled appointment time, the tenant paid utilities, gas and electric, are required to be turned on in the head of household's name. The Housing Manager will call before the appointment time to verify that the applicant has contacted the Utility Companies for connection. IF the applicant shows up to the appointment, and has NOT contacted the Utility Companies, the appointment will be rescheduled if possible or the unit will be offered to the next person on the list.

Public Housing (SGHA) has its own housing units which it offers to applicants. Section 8 Housing is a program where the applicant has to find a house or apartment that accepts vouchers. SGHA does not administered Section 8 Housing. The local Section 8 Housing is administered by Panhandle Community Services they may be reached by calling 940-937-6335 and ask for Joan Walkup.

We have 80 units scattered throughout the city.

• 12 are 1 bedroom units @ 570 sq. ft.
     Of these 1 is a fully accessible unit

• 31 are 2 bedroom units @ 788 sq. ft.
     Of these 1 is a fully accessible unit

• 20 are 3 bedroom units @ 916 sq. ft.
     Of these 2 are fully accessible units

• 5 are 4 bedroom units @ 1085 sq. ft.

• 12 are 1 bedroom elderly units @ 570 sq. ft.
     Of these 1 is a fully accessible unit

The water and trash are included, you will be required to pay gas and electric.

407 Avenue B Northwest, Childress, Texas 79201
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Equal Housing Opportunity Provider / Discrimination Prohibited Equal Housing Opportunity Provider / Discrimination Prohibited

We are an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider. We provide housing without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental handicap, familial status, national origin, or other protected class. To file a complaint of discrimination, write HUD Director, Office of Civil Rights, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20410 or call Customer Service at (202) 708-1112 (voice) or (202) 708-1455 (TTY). HUD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex or familial status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write HUD Director, Office of Civil Rights, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410, or call (202) 708-1112 (voice) or (202) 708-1455 (TDD).