Housing & Community Development
The primary mission of the Orange County Housing and Community Development Department is to promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.
To achieve this mission, the Department has the following strategic goals:
- Expand the supply of assisted housing
- Improve the quality of assisted housing
- Increase assisted housing choices
- Ensure equal opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing
- Enforce the Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance by investigating housing and public accommodation discrimination cases
FY2018 CAPER available for public comment
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) reports on the progress toward implementing the priorities and activities identified in the Annual Action Plan over the past year. The CAPER also shows how HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program entitlement grants have been expended and highlights the accomplishments and successes in addressing the goals established in the five-year Consolidated Plan.
Residents are encouraged to comment on the FY 2018 CAPER by calling the Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development at 919-245-2490 or email Emila Sutton at ESutton@orangecountync.gov. The comment period is from Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 through Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.
Rental Assistance Programs Offered by the County
Orange County offers several rental assistance programs.
- The new Local Voucher Program (administered by the Orange County Housing Authority but local funds)
- The Risk Mitigation & Housing Displacement Fund (which has the following components and is administered by the Housing and Community Development Department)
- Risk Mitigation funds (landlords only)
- Housing Stabilization funds (utility and security deposits, etc.)
- Displacement funds (only for participants under the DMAP Program or other urgent community need)
- Rapid Re-Housing Program (administered by the Housing and Community Development Department)
- Housing Choice Voucher Program (administered by the Orange County Housing Authority with federal funds)
HOME Consortium Annual Action Plan
Orange County is an entitlement community under U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) HOME Investment Partnership Program. Under this program, local government join together to form a consortium to receive HOME funding for affordable housing. Orange County's consortium is made up of four members: Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.
For housing and other resources in the Orange County community, please see the Orange County Resource Guide (PDF).
The Housing Voucher Choice program, commonly referred to as Section 8, is a program that provides rental assistance to families and individuals who find themselves at or below fifty percent of the county median income for their family size.
Learn about affordable housing information and statistics.
The Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board was established in 2001 by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to advise the Commissioners regarding several matters including: prioritizing housing needs, assessing project proposals and monitoring the progress of local housing programs.
The Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has been awarded $80,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2019 Urgent Repair Program (URP19). This program provides funds to assist very low and low income households with special needs, such as being elderly or disabled, in addressing housing conditions which pose imminent threats to their life and/or safety or to provide accessibility modifications or other repairs to prevent displacement of these households.
See more information about the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness.
Read the publications for the Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department.
We are looking for eligible contractors to participate in the Housing Rehabilitation and Urgent Repair program.
Rental Assistance Programs in Housing and Community Development