Orlando Housing Authority
390 North Bumby Avenue
Orlando, Orange County, FL

407-895-3300 http://www.orl-oha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Orlando Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 4th, 2015.

The Orlando Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for one week in September 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application available on the OHA website. The pre-application was available online only. 

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (407) 895-3300.

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 Orlando Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 25th, 2016.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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

The OHA offers 10 communities for families, and five apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled households. You can view a complete listing of the communities here.

To apply, complete the online application here

Once the application has been submitted, you will be given a confirmation number. Please write this number down, or print out the page for future reference.

The OHA has identified the following preferences: Owned a OHA home, displaced by government action, displaced by a natural disaster, disabled, employed at least 6 months, living in transitional housing, live/work/or have a verified job offer for employment in Orange County, or a veteran.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (407) 895-3300.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Orlando Housing Authority operates 1,511 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Orlando Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 3 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 70% 1 bedroom apartments, 22% 2 bedroom apartments and 9% 3 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Orlando Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 91 out of a total 1,511 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 93.98%.

Family Type

Of the 73 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 50 (68.49%) were elderly, 23 (31.51%) were non-elderly, 56 (76.71%) were disabled, 21 (28.77%) contained children and 21 (28.77%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Orlando Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Orlando Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $317.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $147. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $78. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $156. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $175.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Orlando Housing Authority portfolio, 70% of households identified as Black, 28% identified as White, and 29% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Orlando Housing Authority properties, 59 were Extremely Low Income, 18 were Very Low Income, 2 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Orlando Housing Authority properties is $12,331. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 6% earn more than $25,000 while 93% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Orlando Housing Authority public housing 17% have wage income, 0% have welfare income, 82% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 13% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 82 households containing 148 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 28.77% of households included children. Across all household members in Orlando Housing Authority public houins units 14.2% are aged zero to five and 21.6% are aged 6 to 17.

43.2% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 20.9% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Orlando Housing Authority public housing communities. 3.66% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 8.54% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 87.8% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Orlando Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 14 projects which contain 1,496 affordable rental units. It also administers 3,853 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Orlando Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Orlando Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (28%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (72%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Orlando 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 Florida.

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, Orlando Housing Authority scored an average of 97 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2009 and a low score of 85 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Orlando Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Florida 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 Orlando Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 7/11/10 Plan
2009 3/6/09 Plan
2008 5/1/08 Plan
2007 2/15/07 Plan
2006 2/10/06 Plan
2005 5/2/05 Plan
2004 7/6/04 Plan
2003 3/17/03 Plan
2002 7/6/01 Plan
2001 7/6/01 Plan
2000 9/21/00 Plan