The Orange County Local Rent Supplement Program (OC-LRSP) is a new rental subsidy (voucher) program approved by the Board of County Commissioners and administered by the Orange County Housing Authority. The OC-LRSP was created to further the County’s efforts to expand affordable housing opportunities for local residents. It is available to Orange County residents only.
The OC-LRSP is NOT the same program as the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Section 8 Program that has a separate Waiting List, which remains closed. A person currently on the HCV/Section 8 Waiting List CAN apply for the OC-LRSP.
To be eligible to apply for the new rental subsidy, an applicant’s household income must be at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Orange County. The amount of the subsidy/voucher will be based on household size. There are also a limited number of security and utility deposit grants that can be provided subject to the availability of funds and at the sole discretion of Orange County.
A random lottery will be used to select households from the Waiting List with priority given to the following populations:
- Homeless Individuals
- Homeless Families including those who have children in Child Protective Services
- Persons at Risk of Homelessness, including those who have children in Child Protective Services
- Senior/Elderly and Disabled Individuals
- Victims of Domestic Violence
- Persons Displaced Due to an Urgent Community Need (such as a manufactured home park closure)
Placement on the Waiting List does not guarantee that the applicant will receive an OC-LRSP rental subsidy. Unemployed applicants selected to receive a subsidy will be referred to the County’s Orange Works Employment and Training Center for employment opportunities and self-sufficiency programs.
The application period for the Waiting List will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 17 and will close at Midnight on Monday, June 24. The application will be available ON-LINE ONLY at https://orangecountync.myhousing.com. All applicants must have an active email address to apply.
If help is needed to access the on-line application, please contact your housing advocate, caseworker or the Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development at 919-245-2490 or 919-245-2484. Computers are available at the public libraries located in Hillsborough, Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
No citizenship documentation is required in order to apply for or receive an OC-LRSP Rental Subsidy.