OC Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento, 2nd District

OC Housing Authority Opens their Waiting List for the section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

For the first time in over 10 years, Orange County’s Housing Authority (OCHA) will begin accepting applications for their Section 8 housing vouchers waitlist. Priority will be given to U.S. Veterans, seniors, disabled or working families, and non-working families living in OCHA’s jurisdiction. OCHA covers all cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County, except for the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana, which have their own Housing Authorities. These three cities operate a separate Housing Choice Voucher Program of their own.

OCHA will group the applications by each prioritization category [veterans, seniors, etc.] and randomly select applications within each preference group until 12,000 applicants are placed on the waiting list. Submitted applications are not considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The timing of the application submittal has no bearing on the waiting list position or how soon an applicant may receive assistance.


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

  • Mailed to P.O. Box 11387, Santa Ana, CA 92711.
    • (Must be postmarked from September 18, 2023, through September 29, 2023.)


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


For more information, please click here.



Vicente Sarmiento
Board of Supervisors, Second District
County of Orange

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