About Orlando Housing Authority

The Orlando Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Orlando, Florida.

The Orlando Housing Authority serves Orlando.

Orlando Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Orlando Housing Authority (OHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The OHA offers 10 communities for families, and five apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled households. You can view a complete listing of the communities here.

To apply, complete the online application here

Once the application has been submitted, you will be given a confirmation number. Please write this number down, or print out the page for future reference.

The OHA has identified the following preferences: Owned a OHA home, displaced by government action, displaced by a natural disaster, disabled, employed at least 6 months, living in transitional housing, live/work/or have a verified job offer for employment in Orange County, or a veteran.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (407) 895-3300.

Summary

  • What: Orlando Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application at http://www.orl-oha.org/.
      • Note: If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.

Last Updated on 04/25/2016.

Orlando Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Orlando Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for one week in September 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application available on the OHA website. The pre-application was available online only. 

For more information, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (407) 895-3300.

Last Updated on 10/04/2015.


About the Orlando Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Orlando Housing Authority manages 3,428 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 246 42 196 2,304 64 485 91
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $570 $634 $606 $597 $562 $563 $531
Monthly Cost $140,309 $26,626 $118,854 $1,375,232 $35,937 $272,824 $48,317

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Orlando 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 6% having issued approximately 557 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 37 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 5 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $13,388 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 8% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

38% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

90% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 47% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Orlando Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 88% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

48% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Orlando Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $368 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $652. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $147.



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 Orlando Housing Authority

301 Hillside Ave
Reeves Terrace is a 224 unit low income housing apartment community in Orlando.
4405 Edgemoor St
Ivey Lane Homes is a 184 unit low income housing apartment community in Orlando.
1617 W Central Blvd
Lorna Doone Apartments is a 104 unit low income housing apartment community in Orlando.
4775 Curry Ford Rd
Citrus Square Johnson Manor is a 127 unit low income housing apartment community in Orlando.
854 Carver Park St
Villas at Carver Park is a 64 unit low income housing apartment community in Orlando.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Orlando.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Affordable Apartments near Orlando Housing Authority

1628 River Reach Drive
River Reach Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides 2-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Orlando.
7010 Balboa Drive
Laurel Hills Villas is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Orlando.
38 North Hiawassee Road
South Hiawassee Village is a 58 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Orlando.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Orlando.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing