Longtime Homeowner Assistance Program
The Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) program provides property tax bill assistance to help people stay in their homes.
To qualify, homeowners must:
- Live in Orange County;
- Have lived in their home for at least 10 years;
- Have experienced an increase in property taxes due to the 2021 tax revaluation; and
- Earn no more than 80% of the area median income (see income limits below)
Orange County will accept applications starting on October 8, and all applications must be received by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2021 to allow time for processing.
How to Apply (Three Options)
1) Online Application Portal: www.orangecountync.gov/LHAP_Portal
2) Paper Applications: Download and print a paper application or pick up a paper application at the Orange County Housing and Community Development Department offices:
- Hillsborough Office: 300 West Tryon Street, 3rd Floor, Hillsborough, NC 27278
- Chapel Hill Office: 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Completed paper applications can be dropped in the drop boxes outside of the Housing and Community Development offices or mailed to:
Orange County Housing and Community Development
P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278
3) Phone/Email: Housing Helpline staff can help people complete and submit applications and to give information on the supporting documentation needed. Call 919-245-2655 or email HousingHelp@orangecountync.gov.
Housing and Community Development Specialist
- Online Application Portal:
Q: How much financial assistance can I receive?
Financial assistance awards through the LHA Program will cover the amount by which the County portion of a total property tax bill for 2021 has increased from the 2020 bill.
A property tax bill has several components: all bills have County tax, and all bills have a combination of Fire District tax, School District tax, and/or Municipal tax. Orange County also collects Municipal storm water fees and County solid waste fees on tax bills. The amount of LHA assistance a homeowner can receive is based on the increase in the County portion of the 2021 tax bill – not the whole tax bill, not the entire County portion of the tax bill, and not the increase in the whole tax bill.
For example: Your total 2020 property tax bill was $1,000 and the County portion of that bill was $300. Your 2021 property tax bill is $1,500 and the County portion of that bill is $450. The LHA Program could cover the increase in the County portion of the bill ($450 - $300 = $150).
Q: When are applications due?
Applications are due by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2021.