Orange County Housing Authority

300 W Tryon Street
Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina 27278

Orange County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Hillsborough, North Carolina that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Orange County Housing Authority serves Orange County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Orange County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Orange County, North Carolina Local Rent Supplement Program Closed

Other Orange County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Orange County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for homeless households for one week in August, 2017; and before that for four days in October, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online.
  2. Pick up an application at one multiple locations.

Once the application was completed, it but have been either:

  • On August 12, dropped off at the Richard L. Whitted Building.
  • On August 14-15, dropped off at the Richard L. Whitted Building.
  • On August 16-17, dropped off at the Southern Human Services Center.
  • Mailed by August 17 to the OCHA.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work or hired to work in Orange County; veteran; disabled; elderly; homeless; education or job training; transitional housing for homeless, substance abuse or victims of domestic abuse; involuntarily displaced, terminated from HCV program due to insufficient funding, living in substandard housing, rent burdened.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OCHA website.

Last Updated on 06/13/2019.

Closed: Orange County, North Carolina Local Rent Supplement Program Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) Local Rent Supplement Program (OC-LRSP) waiting list is currently closed. It was opened for the first time for one week in June, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note:

  • Only Orange County residents with incomes at or below 50% of area median income are eligible.
  • This program is NOT the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. It is funded by the Orange County Board of Commissioners and administered by OCHA. The rental subsidy provided varies by household size. A limited number of security deposit and utility grants will be available. No citizenship documentation is required to apply or receive assistance.

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

The waiting list had the following preferences: Homeless or at risk of homelessness, Elderly, Disabled, Domestic Violence survivor, and Displaced due to urgent community need (like a mobile home park closure).

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

For more information, visit the OCHA website.

Last Updated on 06/26/2019.

About Orange County Housing Authority

More information about Orange County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/hhrcd/index.php.

Representatives of Orange County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (919) 245-2490. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/22/2019, it is not known if Orange County 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 Orange County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Orange County Housing Authority manages 512 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 501 4 3 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $619 $533 $796 $739
Monthly Cost $309,906 $2,132 $2,389 $2,957

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Orange County 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 60 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 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 87 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,227 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 74% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% 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.

36% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 34% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

66% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 62% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Orange County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 36% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 87% 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, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 37% 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 Orange County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $309 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $674. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $164.



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.