Housing Authority of the City of Orange
516 Burton Avenue
Orange, Orange County, TX

409-883-5882 http://orangeha.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Housing Authority of the City of Orange (HACO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. This waiting list was last open in August 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


To apply in 2015, the application was available online only. No paper applications were available or accepted.

Please note: The waiting list closed only 45 minutes after opening.

Qualified applicants were placed onto the waiting list by date and time of the application submission.

For more information, visit the HACO website, or call the HACO office at (409) 883-5882.


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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Housing Authority of the City of Orange operates 333 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of the City of Orange public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 28% 1 bedroom apartments, 38% 2 bedroom apartments, 27% 3 bedroom apartments and 7% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of the City of Orange’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 181 out of a total 333 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 45.65%.

Family Type

Of the 166 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 16 (9.64%) were elderly, 150 (90.36%) were non-elderly, 49 (29.52%) were disabled, 89 (53.61%) contained children and 78 (46.99%) 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 Housing Authority of the City of Orange's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of the City of Orange’s public housing developments is $269.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $201. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $230. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $460. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $277.

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 Housing Authority of the City of Orange portfolio, 85% of households identified as Black, 15% identified as White, and 1% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Orange properties, 151 were Extremely Low Income, 12 were Very Low Income, 9 were Low Income and 9 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of the City of Orange properties is $9,342. 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 Housing Authority of the City of Orange public housing 36% have wage income, 40% have welfare income, 43% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 29% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 181 households containing 408 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 2.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 53.61% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of the City of Orange public houins units 18.9% are aged zero to five and 25.2% are aged 6 to 17.

7.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 48.3% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Orange public housing communities. 34.81% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 18.78% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 46.41% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Orange administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 341 affordable rental units. It also administers 841 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Orange is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 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 Housing Authority of the City of Orange between Public Housing Units (29%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (71%) to that of all housing authorities in Texas, Housing Authority of the City of Orange 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 Texas.

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, Housing Authority of the City of Orange scored an average of 86 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2002 and a low score of 63 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Texas is 74.11.

Housing Authority of the City of Orange has an average score that is more than the average Texas 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.

Housing Authority of the City of Orange manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 74. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of the City of Orange range from a high of 77 to a low of 72.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of the City of Orange portfolio is Craig & Alexander Homes and the lowest scoring property is Pine Grove Homes.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Housing Authority of the City of Orange have 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 Housing Authority of the City of Orange.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 9/28/10 Plan
2007 10/9/07 Plan
2006 10/4/06 Plan
2005 9/21/05 Plan
2004 9/30/04 Plan
2003 9/30/04 Plan
2002 5/12/03 Plan
2001 12/11/01 Plan
2000 10/20/00 Plan