Opelika Housing Authority

1706 Toomer Street
Opelika, Lee County, Alabama 36801

Opelika Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 25th, 2021, Opelika Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Opelika Housing Authority serves Opelika.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Opelika Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Opelika Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Opelika Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Opelika Housing Authority Website: http://www.opelikaha.org/.

Opelika Housing Authority Phone: (334) 745-4171.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

As of July 2017, the Opelika Housing Authority (OHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

To apply: 

There are no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (334) 745-4171.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (334)745-4171.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/06/2017.

Other Opelika Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Opelika Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The Opelika Housing Authority (HACO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (334) 745-4171 from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 12:30 pm until 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 12/18/2015.

About Opelika Housing Authority

More information about Opelika Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.opelikaha.org/.

Representatives of Opelika Housing Authority may be available by phone at (334) 745-4171. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/25/2021, it is not known if Opelika Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

About the Opelika Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Opelika Housing Authority manages 428 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 392 7 29
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $578 $599 $305
Monthly Cost $226,445 $4,195 $8,832

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Opelika Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 54 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 30 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $11,999 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 72% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 12% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

65% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 64% of households with children have a female head of household. 95% of all households were headed by a female.

95% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 94% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Opelika Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 13% include at least one person with a disability. 23% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

7% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 59% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Opelika Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $321 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $517. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $163.

1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.

Public Housing Apartments Operated by Opelika Housing Authority

Pleasant Homes

316 Pleasant Dr
Opelika, Alabama

Hardaway Homes

541 S Antioch Cir
Opelika, Alabama

Hyatt Homes

504 Raintree St
Opelika, Alabama