Non-Elderly Disabled (NED)

The Rental Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities program provides incremental Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) for non-elderly disabled families served by PHAs with demonstrated experience and resources for supportive services. These vouchers will enable non-elderly disabled (NED) persons residing in nursing homes or other healthcare institutions to transition into the community with appropriate services.

The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) was selected to receive 50 vouchers to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are currently receiving long-term care in institutional settings. This new program represents a collaborative partnership between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services, and is intended to allow persons with disabilities to live productive independent lives in their communities rather than in institutions. This program is referred as NED (Non-Elderly Disabled).

Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) is required to establish a relationship with a “Lead Organization”. Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC) is designated by the State as the Lead Organization for OCHA. DMC is responsible to ensure that supportive services are available for a successful transition from skilled nursing care to independent living.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

A person must meet all of the following conditions in order to eligible for NED program:

  1. Non-Elderly Person, head-of-household or spouse, between the age of 18 to 61 years.
  2. A person with a disability.
  3. California requirements:
    1. Have been continuously residing in an in-patient facility (Hospital, Nursing Facility, Intermediate Care Facility for the Mental Retarded, or Institution for Mental Disease) in Orange County, California for at least 90 consecutive days. (Excludes rehab days)  for a period of at least 90 days after rehabilitation services reimbursed by Medicare have been completed, or 90 days from the date of admission and no rehabilitation services were received.
    2. Have been receiving Medi-Cal for at least one day.
  4. Receive Medicaid reimbursement for inpatient services.
  5. Requires Home and Community Based Services to successfully live in the community

Persons, who meet all of the conditions listed above, may contact the Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC) at 714-621-3300 or 1-800-972-8285 and ask for the CCT Department.


OCHA staff Peggy Herrera at: (714) 480-2777.

DMC will determine preliminary eligibility and make a referral to OCHA.  OCHA will contact qualified applicants for initial eligibility appointments if funding is available.