The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) administers rental assistance programs on behalf of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Due to the lapse in Congressional Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, HUD is closed. However, January 2019 Housing Assistance Payments have been issued and OCHA remains open to serve the public.
As further information regarding the shutdown and any potential impact to OCHA operations becomes available, the information will be shared here.
UPDATE 01/29/2019 - February Housing Assistance Payments are anticipated to be issued timely.
In partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), the Orange County Housing Authority has been awarded Mainstream Voucher Program funding to provide rental assistance to non-elderly homeless persons with disabilities.
Beginning in December 2018, OCHA will accept referrals for Mainstream Voucher Program rental assistance from HCA’s Whole Person Care (WPC) Program. Additionally, any persons who meet the conditions below may contact the Whole Person Care Program at (714) 834-2182 or OCHA at (714) 480-2747 for evaluation of their eligibility to assistance.
For more information in English/Spanish/Vietnamese, please click on "View PDF" below.
August 6, 2018
Oakcrest Heights Apartments is accepting applications
The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) is accepting applications for Oakcrest Heights side-based waiting list. Oakcrest Heights is located at 22733 Oakcrest Circle, Yorba Linda, CA 92887. It is a Project Based Vouchers (PBV) for an affordable housing project consisting of four (1) bedroom and four (2) bedroom apartments. This PBV can only be used to receive housing assistance at Oakcrest Heights Apartments. If you are interested, please clickhere.
June 14, 2017
Emergency Transfer Plan for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking
If you are receiving rental assistance from Orange County Housing Authority and are a victim of domestic violence, dating, sexual assault, and/or stalking; please click here to view the Emergency Transfer Plan for instructions on requesting an emergency transfer.
June 23, 2016
OCHA will no longer accept cash payments effective 8/1/2016
Beginning August 1, 2016, The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) will no longer accept payments made by cash. Accepted payment forms are: - Personal Check - Cashiers Check - Money Order
Money Orders are available through your bank, Walmart stores, and other places. Locations to obtain a Money Order near OCHA office are:
- Western Union - 1701 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA - Casa Latino Express - 506 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA
May 31, 2016
OWNER PORTAL: ASSISTANCECHECK
For your convenience, we are now offering a new secure, online service called AssistanceCheck. This interactive service will allow you to contact us and obtain or provide information online rather than in-person or by mail. Some of the services offered include:
- View and download monthly payments (this replaces HAPCheck)
- Request to update your contact information
- Ability to download 1099's at the end of calendar year 2016
- Additional features are scheduled to be available soon
November 13, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama Releases Video Encouraging Landlords to Help End Veteran Homelessness
First Lady Michelle Obama released a video to landlords today encouraging them to help communities across the country end veteran homelessness.
If you are a property owner or manager who is willing to explore the possibility of renting to a homeless veteran through the VASH program, please contact JALENE VU at the ORANGE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY at (714) 480-2864
October 9, 2015
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
At this time OCHA is not accepting applications for the waiting list.
If you are in need of emergency services please contact 2-1-1 of Orange County at 888-600-4357 or dial 211.
A record number of veterans with Housing Vouchers are seeking rentals at this time. Some veterans are homeless and we are reaching out to rental property owners and managers who can make units available to house our OC veterans.
Learn the benefits of providing housing for our Orange County Veterans at the Landlord Resource Fair on Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Check out the flyer for more information. See you there!
OCHA is currently accepting applications for Project Based Voucher (PBV) units for special needs Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) families located throughout Orange County. Please click here to learn more about Project- based assistance and how to apply.
OCHA is not accepting pre-applications for rental assistance at this time. If you would like a list of affordable rental housing units click on the Affordable Housing Rental List under Resources. If you need emergency housing contact 2-1-1 of Orange County at 211 or at 1-888-600-4357.
For changes in address or other family or employment changes, please complete the Waiting List Change Form and submit it to OCHA using the contact information below. This will insure that OCHA has current information to contact you in the future.
October 16, 2013
Housing Assistance Payments during the Federal Government Shutdown
OCHA anticipates no interruption in Housing Assistance Payments to participating property owners/managers. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has updated its Contingency Plan which states: the “Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded on a calendar year basis, and the monthly payments for November and December are scheduled to be made timely.”
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