Northeast Oregon Housing Authority
2608 May Lane
La Grande, Union County, OR

541-963-5360 http://www.neoha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Northeast Oregon Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently open and accepting applications.


The application is online at:  https://neoha.org/online-app/.

The application is lengthy so before you begin make sure you have Social Security numbers for all household members, birthdate of household members, monthly income for all household members.  In addition, if there is more than one adult in the household, each adult will have to eSign the pre application.

According to the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority website, the waiting list is 12 to 18 months long.

You can find detailed info on the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program here:  http://neoha.org/programs/section-8-housing-choice-voucher/.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Northeast Oregon Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals. For a detailed list of each apartment community this housing authority has, please follow this link.


This housing authority offers ten public housing apartment communities located throughout Northeast Oregon.

There are four ways to apply for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 2608 May Lane, P.O. Box 3357, La Grande, OR 97850, between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday-Thursday.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 541-963-2465, Monday-Thursday, between the hours of 10am-3pm.
3. Request an application be emailed to you by emailing the housing authority at audrey.neoha@gmail.com
4. Apply for public housing online here.

Once the application has been completed:
1. Mail or hand deliver to 2608 May Lane, P.O. Box 3357, La Grande, OR 97850.
2. Fax completed applications to 541-963-3682.
3. Email completed applications to audrey.neoha@gmail.com

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, or families.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://neoha.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 541-963-2465, Monday-Thursday between the hours of 10am and 3pm.


Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Northeast Oregon Housing Authority operates 129 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Northeast Oregon Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 45% 1 bedroom apartments, 16% 2 bedroom apartments, 36% 3 bedroom apartments and 2% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Northeast Oregon Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 124 out of a total 129 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 3.88%.

Family Type

Of the 96 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 13 (13.54%) were elderly, 83 (86.46%) were non-elderly, 66 (68.75%) were disabled, 31 (32.29%) contained children and 25 (26.04%) 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 Northeast Oregon Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Northeast Oregon Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $279.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $152. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $250. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $501. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $254.

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 Northeast Oregon Housing Authority portfolio, 0% of households identified as Black, 98% identified as White, and 7% 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 Northeast Oregon Housing Authority properties, 65 were Extremely Low Income, 37 were Very Low Income, 17 were Low Income and 5 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Northeast Oregon Housing Authority properties is $12,060. Of all public housing residents, 2% have no income and 7% earn more than $25,000 while 91% 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 Northeast Oregon Housing Authority public housing 21% have wage income, 85% have welfare income, 71% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 13% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 124 households containing 218 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, 32.29% of households included children. Across all household members in Northeast Oregon Housing Authority public houins units 4.6% are aged zero to five and 23.4% are aged 6 to 17.

21.1% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 50.9% 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 Northeast Oregon Housing Authority public housing communities. 32.26% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 16.13% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 51.61% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Northeast Oregon Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 129 affordable rental units. It also administers 710 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Northeast Oregon 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 Northeast Oregon Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (15%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (85%) to that of all housing authorities in Oregon, Northeast Oregon 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 Oregon.

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, Northeast Oregon Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 85 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Oregon is 84.14.

Northeast Oregon Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Oregon 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Northeast Oregon Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 99. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Ne Oregon Ha has a passing score.

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

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 Northeast Oregon Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 3/15/12 Plan
2011 3/2/11 Plan
2010 3/19/10 Plan
2009 2/18/09 Plan
2008 2/26/08 Plan
2007 2/22/07 Plan
2006 3/10/06 Plan
2005 3/17/05 Plan
2004 3/12/04 Plan
2003 3/25/03 Plan
2002 8/9/02 Plan
2001 3/19/01 Plan
2000 4/22/00 Plan