OCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List will open September 18, 2023,and applications will be accepted through September 29, 2023
Santa Ana, Calif. (September 15, 2023) – The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) is excited to announce that it will be opening the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waiting list and accepting applications beginning September 18, 2023, 8:00 a.m. PDT and ending September 29, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PDT. The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s largest program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford healthy and safe housing in the private market. With a housing voucher, participants are able to choose their own housing to meet their needs, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. Housing assistance is then provided on behalf of the family or individual to the landlord.
Income limits for the Housing Choice Voucher Program are as follows:
OCHA will give preference to applicants who live or work within OCHA’s jurisdiction and, in the following order listed, to applicants who are U.S. Veterans; Elderly, Disabled or Working Families; and Non-Working Families. OCHA will group the applications by preference, apply the random placement within the preference group, and select the first 12,000 applications by preference to be placed on the waiting list. The waiting list will be limited to 12,000 applicants.
Applications can be submitted beginning September 18, 2023, 8:00 a.m. PDT and must be received/postmarked by September 29, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PDT, in one of three ways:
- Online at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/CA1288
- Mailed to P.O. Box 11387, Santa Ana, CA 92711
- Via email to OCHA.WaitingList2023@occr.ocgov.com
The online application may be accessed from any computer, smart phone, or tablet with internet access. If you do not have internet access, you may visit any branch of the Orange County Public Library and many community partners. Applicants must have a valid email account prior to completing the online application. An online application is strongly encouraged; this method will provide an immediate confirmation of receipt of your application. Paper applications are also available at participating City Halls, branches of the Orange County Public Library, and select community organizations.
Individuals with disabilities that require a Reasonable Accommodation to participate in the application process may contact OCHA from September 18 – 29, 2023, at 714-480-2798 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT.
PLEASE NOTE: Submitted applications are not considered first come, first served, and timing of submittal of the application has no bearing on position or how soon an applicant may receive assistance.
For more information on how to apply, please visit www.ochousing.org or call OCHA at 714-480-2798.
About Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA)
OCHA administers federally funded programs to provide rental assistance to qualified tenants in privately owned rental housing. The largest such program is referred to as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Participants who receive a Housing Voucher can use this rental assistance in a variety of rental dwellings and locations with almost any property owner who is willing to participate in the program.
About the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s largest program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and persons with a disability to afford healthy and safe housing in the private market. With a housing voucher, participants are able to choose their own housing, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. Housing assistance is then provided on behalf of the family or individual to the landlord.