Housing & Community Development

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If you are experiencing housing problems due to the pandemic, email HousingHelp@orangecountync.gov.

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.

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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

Rental Assistance Programs Offered by the County

Orange County offers several rental assistance programs.

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program 
  • The new Local Housing Choice Voucher Program 
  • The Risk Mitigation & Housing Displacement Fund, which includes: 
    • 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

HOME Program

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 HOME Consortium is made up of four members: Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough.

To learn more, visit the HOME Program page.

Resource Guide

For housing and other resources in the Orange County community, please see the Orange County Resource Guide (PDF).