Opelika Housing Authority
1706 Toomer Street
Opelika, Lee County, AL

334-745-4171 http://www.opelikaha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Opelika Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on December 18th, 2015.

The Opelika Housing Authority (HACO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (334) 745-4171 from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 12:30 pm until 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Opelika Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update December 18th, 2015.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Opelika Housing Authority (OHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The OHA offers three Public Housing communities with 633 units for families and senior/disabled households.

If you don't have access to the Inernet, you can visit one of the OHA offices to use one of their workstations to submit a pre-application, from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm and from 12:30 pm until 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday:

1. 316 Pleasant Drive, Opelika, Alabama 36801
2. 145 Henderson Drive, Camp Hill, Alabama 36850
3. 1706 Toomer Street, Opelika, Alabama 36801
4. 1202 Samford Place, Opelika, Alabama 36801

Once the pre-application has been submitted, be sure to keep the confirmation number in a safe place for future reference.

The OHA does not have a preference.

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the pre-application is received.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (334) 745-4171 from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 12:30 pm until 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Opelika Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 633 affordable rental units. It also administers 515 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Opelika Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Opelika Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (55%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (45%) to that of all housing authorities in Alabama, Opelika Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Alabama.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Opelika Housing Authority scored an average of 80 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 38 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Alabama is 73.82.

Opelika Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Alabama housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Opelika Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 4/22/11 Plan
2010 5/13/10 Plan
2009 6/4/09 Plan
2006 4/21/06 Plan
2005 11/3/05 Plan
2004 10/4/04 Plan
2002 8/19/02 Plan
2001 1/24/02 Plan
2000 6/15/00 Plan