Waiting List Opening on September 18, 2023

The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) will be accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waiting list beginning September 18, 2023, 8:00 a.m. PDT through September 29, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PDT.             The Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and enables OCHA to subsidize monthly rent payments for qualified applicants.

Income limits for the Housing Choice Voucher Program are as follows:

1 Person


2 Person


3 Person


4 Person


5 Person


6 Person


7 Person


8 Person


OCHA will open the waiting list for 12,000 applicants. If more than 12,000 applications are received, application preference will be given to those living or working in OCHA’s jurisdiction, and then given in the following order: U.S. Veterans; elderly, disabled, or working families; and non-working families. OCHA’s jurisdiction includes all cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County except for the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. These cities each operate a separate Housing Choice Voucher Program.

OCHA will group the applications by preference, apply the random placement within the preference group, and select the first 12,000 applicants by preference to be placed on the waiting list. Submitted applications are not considered on a first come, first served basis, and timing of the application submittal has no bearing on waiting list position or how soon an applicant may receive assistance.

Applications can be submitted beginning September 18, 2023, 8:00 a.m. PDT through September 29, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PDT in three ways:

The online application may be accessed from any computer, smart phone, or tablet with internet access. If you do not have internet access, you may visit the Orange County Public Library and many community partners. An online application is encouraged; this method will provide an immediate confirmation of receipt of your application. Paper applications are also available at participating City Halls, branches of the Orange County Public Library, and select community organizations.

To submit your application, you must provide Social Security numbers and birth dates for all members of your family, home and work address information, and household income.

The random selection will take place on October 17, 2023. After that time, applicants may check the status of their application by logging into the application check system at www.waitlistcheck.com. Notifications will be sent to applicants 2-3 months after all 12,000 applications have been reviewed.

Assistance - Individuals with disabilities that require a Reasonable Accommodation to participate in the application process may contact OCHA from September 18 - 29, 2023, at 714-480-2798 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Applications will be available in multiple languages.

If you have limitations hearing or speaking a specially trained Communications Assistant (CA) can relay telephone conversations for your call. To use the California Relay Service please call (800) 735-2929.

For more information on how to apply, please visit www.ochousing.org or call OCHA at 714-480-2798.


The Orange County Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic (including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age) in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities. Federally assisted housing programs are available to all otherwise eligible individuals regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

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