About Orange County Housing Authority

The Orange County Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

The Orange County Housing Authority serves Orange County, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Efland.

Orange County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. from August 12, 2017 at 10:00 am, until August 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET. It was last open for homeless households for one week in August 2017; and prior to 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 has been completed, it but have been:

  • 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 is received, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the OCHA website, or call the office at (919) 245-2490.

Last Updated on 08/17/2017.

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


About the Orange County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Orange County Housing Authority manages 556 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
Vouchers 541 3 12
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $589 $523 $644
Monthly Cost $318,771 $1,570 $7,729

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.