Oak Ridge Housing Authority
10 Van Hicks Lane
Oak Ridge, Anderson County, TN

865-482-1006

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Oak Ridge Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Oak Ridge Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 4th, 2015.

The Oak Ridge Housing Authority (ORHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The ORHA offers one Public Housing community with 127 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the ORHA to pick up an application, located at 10 Van Hicks Rd., Oak Ridge, TN 37830, from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm EDT on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and on Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm.
  2. Download an application here, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed, you must call the ORHA to schedule an application interview at (865) 482-1006, Ext 128.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The ORHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: displaced from the voucher program due to reductions in federal funding, veterans, elderly, disabled, or working family.

More information can be found by visiting the ORHA website at http://orha.net, or by calling (865) 482-1006 from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and on Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Oak Ridge Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 127 affordable rental units. It also administers 295 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Oak Ridge 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 Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Oak Ridge Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (30%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (70%) to that of all housing authorities in Tennessee, Oak Ridge 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 Tennessee.

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, Oak Ridge Housing Authority scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 85 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Tennessee is 81.92.

Oak Ridge Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Tennessee 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 Oak Ridge Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 7/26/10 Plan
2008 9/3/08 Plan
2007 8/27/07 Plan
2006 8/14/06 Plan
2005 8/9/05 Plan
2004 7/23/04 Plan
2003 8/14/03 Plan
2002 9/11/02 Plan
2001 11/29/01 Plan
2000 11/8/00 Plan