Waiting List Information
In order to receive housing assistance, an applicant must meet all basic eligibility requirements. The applicant must be defined as a family and must be income-eligible to participate in the rental assistance programs; this also includes single persons. The Admissions & Occupancy Department determines who is eligible to receive assistance under each specific program.
Applicants who apply for housing assistance are placed on a waiting list for the program in which they apply. Tenant Selection is based on housing needs and local preferences. Applicants with no local preference are placed on the waiting list with a “no preference” status.
What are local preferences?
Being removed from rental property through no fault of your own. i.e. fire, flood, condemnation, city or state actions, and landlord wants the property back. Evictions for non-payment of rent is not included.
The OHA is a Moving to Work agency therefore, emphasis will be placed upon admitting families that are employed. The head of household, spouse, or co-head must be employed full-time for at least six (6) continuous months for a minimum of 28 hours or more per week. An interruption of four (4) weeks or less is not considered a break in continuity. Consideration will be given for longer breaks in employment if the adult family members were working an average of twenty (20) hours per week and attending school or job training for ten (10) or more hours per week. If the head of household, spouse, or co-head is unable to work because they are at least age 62 and/or have a disability they will qualify under this preference.
Former Public Housing or Section 8 Voucher participant and became a home owner
Former public housing resident or Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher tenant participant who acquired a home, met the requirements of the OHA homeownership program (including homeownership training, and lost that home due to insufficient income.
Graduates of Transitional Housing Programs
Graduates of Transitional Housing Programs, defined as homeless individuals or families that enter into a lease or occupancy agreement solely for the purpose of participating in a program whose terms include program activities for a specified amount of time. Once the individual or family has met all program requirements, they would be eligible to graduate and transition to permanent housing.
Verified Honorable Discharged Verteran
Preference will be given to applicants who can verify that they have been honorably discharged from any branch of the military
Preference will be given to applicants and pre-applicants that live, work, or have a verified offer for employment in Orange County.
Preference will be given to applicants and pre-applicants that live, work, or have a verified offer for employment in Sanford or Seminole County.
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