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

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

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Orlando Housing Authority (OHA) 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.

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

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Orlando Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers ten apartment communities for families, and five apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals. For a complete listing of each community, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing, please follow this link for the online application.

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,

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: 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.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at 
http://www.orl-oha.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 407895-3300, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Orlando Housing Authority manages 11 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 75. The scores for properties managed by Orlando Housing Authority range from a high of 97 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Orlando Housing Authority portfolio is Meadow Lake Apartments and the lowest scoring property is The Landings At Carver Park.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 82% of properties managed by Orlando Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Orlando Housing Authority owns and manages 1496 public housing units in 14 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Orlando Housing Authority is $288.00 compared to the state average of $278.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Florida ranges from a low of $193.00 to a high of $423.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

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


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