Omaha Housing Authority

Waiting Lists

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Open: Omaha Housing Authority Public Housing

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from August 17, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Displaced by gov't action or disaster
    Families displaced by government action, condemnation, or disaster (fire, flood, storm, or natural disaster that is not due to the fault or negligence of the applicant or a household member.)
  • Working/elderly/disabled
    Person or families with at least one household member who is 62 years of age or older, disabled, or works a minimum of 28 hours week for at least 6 months prior to submitting the application.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (402) 444-6900.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/30/2022.

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Open: The Villas at Aksarben and Villas North Low-Income

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at The Villas at Aksarben and Villas North is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the application available online here. Select the "Villas Application" link under the "Quick Links" section.

Once the application has been completed, it must be emailed to application@ohauthority.org.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA on August 10, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (402) 444-6900.

Last Updated on 08/10/2021.

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Open: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Low-Income

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

The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) waiting list for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the application available online here. Scroll down to the "How Do I Apply for Public Housing or Affordable Housing?" section, and select the "LIHTC Application" link.

Once the application has been completed, it must be emailed to application@ohauthority.org.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA on August 10, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (402) 444-6900.

Last Updated on 08/10/2021.

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Closed: Omaha, Nebraska Section 8 HCV

The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 10, 2021, until August 16, 2021.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to  complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Disabled
  • Displaced
  • Education or Training
  • Elderly
  • Emergency
  • Employment
  • Fire

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, read the OHA Section 8 guidelines, or visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA public notice on August 10, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Omaha, Nebraska.

Last Updated on 02/07/2022.

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About Omaha Housing Authority

1805 Harney Street, Omaha, NE | Visit Website | (402) 444-6900

Omaha Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 7,774 low and moderate income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs..

Housing Authority Jurisdiction

Low-income housing managed by Omaha Housing Authority is located in Omaha, NE.

Households with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher managed by this housing authority must rent within its jurisdiction.

About the Omaha Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Omaha Housing Authority manages 4,236 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 3,790 62 170 81 120
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $677 $625 $702 $715 $330
Monthly Cost $2,564,239 $38,776 $119,272 $57,940 $39,602
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 13% having issued approximately 328 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 11 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 2.7 persons and has a household income of $12,991 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 48% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 64% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 12% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

61% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 59% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

80% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 76% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Omaha Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 26% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 81% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 45% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Omaha Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $356 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $675. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $149.

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.