About Opelika Housing Authority

The Opelika Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Opelika, Alabama.

The Opelika Housing Authority serves Opelika.

Opelika Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Opelika Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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.

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


About the Opelika Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Opelika Housing Authority manages 499 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 470 12 17
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $437 $1,005 $414
Monthly Cost $205,623 $12,060 $7,040

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 Operated by Opelika Housing Authority

316 Pleasant Dr
Opelika, Alabama
Pleasant Homes is a 156 unit low income housing apartment community in Opelika.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
541 S Antioch Cir
Opelika, Alabama
Hardaway Homes is a 239 unit low income housing apartment community in Opelika.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
504 Raintree St
Opelika, Alabama
Hyatt Homes is a 246 unit low income housing apartment community in Opelika.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
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