About West Orange Public Housing Agency

The West Orange Public Housing Agency is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in West Orange, New Jersey.

The West Orange Public Housing Agency serves West Orange.

West Orange Public Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The West Orange Public Housing Agency (WOPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in February 2016, and prior to that in 2003.

West Orange, NJ is about 5 miles northwest of Newark, NJ.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

This application was for the opportunity to be placed on the WOPHA Section 8 HCV waiting list. Applicants placed on the waiting list must still go through a qualifying process before receiving assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to submit an application at the council chambers. Pre-applications were not mailed.

The following preference was identified: Residents of West Orange, NJ.

150 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

The wait time to receive a voucher is approximately 10 years.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating application information.

For more information, call the WOPHA office at (973) 325-4107.

Last Updated on 04/05/2016.


About the West Orange Public Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, West Orange Public Housing Agency manages 102 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 100 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $858 $639
Monthly Cost $85,769 $1,278

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for West Orange Public Housing Agency

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 2% having issued approximately 51 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 13 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $17,567 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% 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, 36% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 36% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 8% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

32% of households included children, -1% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

45% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 35% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the West Orange Public Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% 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. 19% 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, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 13% with 3 or more bedrooms. 2% 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 West Orange Public Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $420 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $915. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $83.



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.