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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

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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.  Designed to provide long-term rental assistance, the program helps people rent from property owners on the private market. The program serves families with children, elderly and disabled individuals, as well as families with members who are disabled. 

Participating families or individuals pay a portion of their monthly income toward their rent, with Orange County Housing and Community Development paying the balance directly to the property owner. There are limitations on the amount of rent a property owner can charge under the program, as well as limitation to the size of housing units a family may rent based on their family size, but the program allows lower income families the opportunity to rent decent, safe and adequate housing that may not be available to them otherwise. 

This is a list of federally assisted housing programs and housing complexes in Orange County to assist you in your efforts to locate suitable, affordable housing. Please understand that many of these programs and complexes also have a waiting list and may not be able to provide immediate housing assistance.

OCHA 2017 Payment Standards (Effective 10/01/2016)
OCHA 2017 Utility Worksheet (Apartment & Detached)

Administrative Plan (Effective 07/01/2017)

  • Regulatory changes appear in the following chapters:
    • Chapter 2 (page 33)
    • Chapter 3 (page 44)
    • Chapter 5 (page 86)
    • Chapter 6 (page 96)
    • Chapter 7 (page 144)
    • Chapter 8 (page 170)
    • Chapter 11 (page 211)
    • Chapter 12 (page 221)
    • Chapter 16 (page 283)

OCHA Annual Plan

Landlords interested in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

Advertising and locating property has never been easier!

The Housing Authority has partnered with , which provides an enhanced program to list affordable rental properties on line. Listings are available to Potential Private Pay Tenants and Voucher Recipients seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market.

It is recommended that Landlords add photos to their listing for better advertising and faster lease up!

For information about unit requirements see "A Good Place to Live". This booklet explains in detail the housing quality standards that are necessary to insure that the unit will be safe, healthy and comfortable.