West Orange Public Housing Agency
66 Main Street
West Orange, Essex County, NJ

973-325-4107

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the West Orange Public Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

The West Orange Public Housing Agency (WOPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in February 2016, and prior to that in 2003.


West Orange, NJ is about 5 miles northwest of Newark, NJ.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

This application was for the opportunity to be placed on the WOPHA Section 8 HCV waiting list. Applicants placed on the waiting list must still go through a qualifying process before receiving assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to submit an application at the council chambers. Pre-applications were not mailed.

The following preference was identified: Residents of West Orange, NJ.

150 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

The wait time to receive a voucher is approximately 10 years.

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 application with the housing authority.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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

For more information, call the WOPHA office at (973) 325-4107.


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 West Orange Public Housing Agency administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 120 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, West Orange Public Housing Agency is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

West Orange Public Housing Agency is among the 25% of New Jersey housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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, West Orange Public Housing Agency scored an average of 85 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2004 and a low score of 71 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Jersey is 77.39.

West Orange Public Housing Agency 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)

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 West Orange Public Housing Agency.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 1/1/10 Plan
2009 12/18/08 Plan
2008 10/24/07 Plan
2007 10/25/06 Plan
2006 12/21/05 Plan
2005 12/15/04 Plan
2004 3/24/04 Plan
2003 12/27/02 Plan
2002 12/4/01 Plan
2001 1/19/01 Plan
2000 4/19/00 Plan