Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As concern over the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) increases, Orange County Housing Authority is implementing the following actions temporarily:
Until further notice, OCHA is temporarily suspending all face-to-face office visits.
All inquiries and questions should be made via phone call, email and by mail. Instead of visiting our office, please call or email your case worker. If you don't know your case worker's phone number or email address, please click here.
If you do not know who your case worker is, please call (714) 480-2700.
OCHA will continue to monitor the situation and update our website as things change.
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Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID–19
On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Notice and Order under Section 361of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 264) and 42 CFR § 70.2, available here. To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Order is a temporary halt in residential evictions. The Order applies to all tenants in the country (including assisted renters) who are subject to eviction for nonpayment of rent and who submit a Declaration as described in the Order (see below). The Order is in effect from September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The Declaration is available here.
Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent
HUD NOTICE PIH 2020-13
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136) provides the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with broad authority to waive or establish alternative requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program
In Notice PIH 2020–05, published on April 10, 2020, HUD exercised its authority under the CARES Act to establish waivers and administrative flexibilities to provide relief to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this revision to that Notice, HUD restates the waivers and alternative requirements established previously in Notice PIH 2020–05, provides additional waivers and alternative requirements, extends the periods of availability for previously established waivers and alternative requirements, and issues technical amendments to several of the previously established waivers and alternative requirements.
This Notice also carries forward information on previously specified HUD actions, such as the temporary suspension of the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP). With respect to the HCV program, use of any waiver or alternative requirement established by HUD is at the discretion of the PHA; however, HUD strongly encourages PHAs to utilize any and all waivers and alternative requirements to keep Public Housing and HCV programs operational to the extent practicable.
HUD NOTICE PIH 2020-05
Pursuant to the authority provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136), HUD is waiving and establishing alternative requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher program. These waivers provide administrative flexibilities and relief to public housing agencies in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. With respect to the Housing Choice Voucher program, use of these waivers is at the discretion of the Public Housing Agency; however, HUD strongly encourages PHAs to utilize any and all waivers and alternative requirements as necessary to keep public housing and HCV programs operational to the extent practicable. As such, OCHA will exercise use of the following waivers, which apply to the rental assistance OCHA provides on behalf of tenants: