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 Status : Open

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.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

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