Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) is a division within Orange County Community Services that administers federally funded programs to provide monthly rental assistance to qualified tenants in privately owned rental housing. The largest such program is referred to as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Participants who receive a Housing Voucher can use this rental assistance in a variety of rental dwellings and locations with almost any property owner who is willing to participate in the program.
October 16, 2013
Housing Assistance Payments during the Federal Government Shutdown
OCHA anticipates no interruption in Housing Assistance Payments to participating property owners/managers. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has updated its Contingency Plan which states: the “Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded on a calendar year basis, and the monthly payments for November and December are scheduled to be made timely.”
The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) has been significantly impacted by recent Sequestration funding cuts. We have taken measures to ensure Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) will not be compromised; however, OCHA must reduce administrative costs. Fortunately, we have found a way to accomplish this while also improving our customer service to property owners and managers. This new technology is designed to save time and enable participating owners and managers to access their HAP payment information whenever they wish.