Update on waiting list status for applicants for new local voucher program

The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) recently completed the application process for the new Local Rent Supplement Program Waiting List. During the Waiting List open period, June 17-24, 2019, the Housing Authority received more than six hundred (600) applications. Note that the County’s federal Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is also not currently open. 

A random lottery process was utilized to select two hundred (200) applicants to be placed on the OC-LRSP Waiting List. This selection was NOT based on a first-come, first served basis. Applicants who were randomly selected to be on the lottery Waiting List are called prospects. Selections from the Waiting List are based on the prospect’s Waiting List position (which in turn are determined by the date and time of their application) and preferences chosen at the time of the initial application. If the prospect is selected, the Housing Authority will notify them by mail and/or email to attend an initial eligibility appointment. 

Waiting List Lottery Status Letters were mailed to all applicants that received a confirmation number at the time the Waiting List application was submitted via online. Please remember your application for the Waiting List did not guarantee a spot on the Waiting List.   

If you were selected for the OC-LRSP Waiting List and need to update your mailing address or phone number, you are required to update this information via the OCHA Applicant Portal. If your application was not selected in the lottery process, you do not need to update your application information.   

Orange County Local Rent Supplement Program

The Orange County Local Rent Supplement Program (OC-LRSP) is a new rental subsidy (voucher) program approved by the Board of County Commissioners and administered by the Orange County Housing Authority. The OC-LRSP was created to further the County’s efforts to expand affordable housing opportunities for local residents. It is available to Orange County residents only.

The OC-LRSP is NOT the same program as the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Section 8 Program that has a separate Waiting List, which remains closed.  A person currently on the HCV/Section 8 Waiting List CAN apply for the OC-LRSP.

To be eligible to apply for the new rental subsidy, an applicant’s household income must be at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Orange County.  The amount of the subsidy/voucher will be based on household size.  There are also a limited number of security and utility deposit grants that can be provided subject to the availability of funds and at the sole discretion of Orange County.

A random lottery will be used to select households from the Waiting List with priority given to the following populations:

  • Homeless Individuals
  • Homeless Families including those who have children in Child Protective Services
  • Persons at Risk of Homelessness, including those who have children in Child Protective Services
  • Senior/Elderly and Disabled Individuals
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Persons Displaced Due to an Urgent Community Need (such as a manufactured home park closure)

Placement on the Waiting List does not guarantee that the applicant will receive an OC-LRSP rental subsidy.  Unemployed applicants selected to receive a subsidy will be referred to the County’s Orange Works Employment and Training Center for employment opportunities and self-sufficiency programs.

No citizenship documentation is required in order to apply for or receive an OC-LRSP Rental Subsidy.