East Orange Housing Authority
160 Halsted Street
East Orange, Essex County, NJ


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Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The East Orange Housing Authority Housing Choice Waiting List was slated to be open November 10th for only for four hours between 10am and 2pm. 

According to reports from our users the East Orange Housing Authority reached their quota of 200 applications before 1:30pm on the 10th. Some also reported that they could not complete the application as the system shut down as the quota was reached.

We'll update this page with more information as it comes in. 

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.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The East Orange Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 241 affordable rental units. It also administers 943 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, East Orange Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 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 East Orange Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (20%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (80%) to that of all housing authorities in New Jersey, East Orange Housing Authority has a smaller 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 New Jersey.

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, East Orange Housing Authority scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 103 in 2007 and a low score of 63 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Jersey is 77.39.

East Orange Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average New Jersey 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.

East Orange Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 62. The scores for properties managed by East Orange Housing Authority range from a high of 68 to a low of 56.

The highest scoring property in the East Orange Housing Authority portfolio is Vista Village and the lowest scoring property is Concord Towers.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 50% of properties managed by East Orange 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. East Orange Housing Authority owns and manages 241 public housing units in 3 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for East Orange Housing Authority is $279.00 compared to the state average of $391.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of New Jersey ranges from a low of $252.00 to a high of $685.00.

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 East Orange Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/8/11 Plan
2011 12/7/10 Plan
2010 12/9/09 Plan
2009 12/3/08 Plan
2008 12/5/07 Plan
2007 12/11/06 Plan
2006 12/6/05 Plan
2005 12/27/04 Plan
2004 1/26/04 Plan
2003 3/23/03 Plan
2002 12/10/01 Plan
2001 1/9/01 Plan
2000 3/23/00 Plan

Affordable Apartments in East Orange from ApartmentSmart

Arlington House
1 - 2 BR

The Brookside
1 - 1 BR


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