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Housing and Community Development

Posted on: October 7, 2021

Board of Commissioners approve new Longtime Homeowner Assistance program

Orange County will launch a new Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) program on Oct. 8 to provide property tax bill assistance to help people stay in their homes. The Orange County Board of Commissioners initiated the LHA Program on June 15, 2021, by allocating $250,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to assist households affected by the 2021 countywide property revaluation. 

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 chart below).

Below is a chart showing income limits by family size:

Number of people
Income limit
1$48,400
2$55,300
3$62,200
4$69,100
5$74,650
6$80,200
7$85,700
8$91,250

Orange County will accept applications starting Oct. 8. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2021, to allow time for processing.

There are three ways to apply:

1) Online Application Portal: www.orangecountync.gov/LHA_Portal

2) Paper Applications: 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.

For more information about the LHA Program, visit the webpage www.orangecountync.gov/LHAP.

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