Eligibility Screening

When a wait list is open, OHA announces publicly that it will accept Pre-Applications though a lotterized process.** Following the lottery, a wait list is established and when housing becomes available names are pulled from these existing wait lists. Before anyone can be offered housing, they must first complete the eligibility process. 

OHA screens pre-applications to determine if applicants are eligible for any of the OHA housing programs. To do this we:
  • Conduct the Initial Intake Interviews​​ for applicants
  • Obtain information about family composition​
  • Verify income and assets
  • Determine general program suitability (by obtaining criminal background screenings for all adult members who will be included on the lease)

We also receive incoming p​ortable clients​​ (Port-ins).

*Reasonable accom​modations​​ can be requested by any disabled applicant, tenant or Section 8 Participant.​​