Housing Authorities in Oklahoma

State of Housing in OklahomaOklahoma received in May 2013 the second modest grant from HUD for the support of its housing programs and other housing services. A third round of funding will be given later in 2013.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

Section 8 or housing choice voucher is a rent subsidy that gives an eligible person the choice about where to live. Under Section 8, the local housing authority or a state housing agency gives the tenant a certificate or voucher that says the government will subsidize the person's rent payments. Generally, the tenant will pay no more than a third of his/her income on rent, with the government paying the rest. Under the Section 8 voucher program, a person may be allowed to pay a little more out of personal income to meet the higher rent charged in some areas or complexes. Eligibility for housing choice vouchers or Section 8 is limited to:

  • Very low-income families;
  • Low-income families previously assisted under the public housing, Section 23, or Section 8 project-based housing programs;
  • Low-income families that are non-purchasing tenants of certain homeownership programs;
  • Low-income tenants displaced from certain Section 221 and 236 projects; or
  • Low-income families that meet PHA-specified eligibility criteria.

For the Section 8 subsidy to apply, housing must have been inspected and meet HUD standards.

Housing for Persons with Disabilities

The Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities provides grants to nonprofit organizations to develop and construct or rehabilitate rental housing with supportive services for very-low-income persons with disabilities. The related Mainstream Program provides funding for Section 8 vouchers and certificates to very-low-income families in which the head of household, spouse or sole family member is a person with a disability. Section 811 provides capital advancesState of Housing in Oklahoma for development, construction or rehabilitation of housing with supportive services. The advances are interest-free and do not have to be paid back if the housing remains available for very low income persons with disabilities for at least 40 years.

Housing Trust Fund

The Housing Trust Fund provides funds for the construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of rental homes and for homeownership for extremely low- and very low-income families.The Fund provides funding to developers to preserve, rehabilitate and construct housing, primarily for extremely low-income families. At least 80 percent of the funds must be used for the production, preservation, rehabilitation, or operation of rental housing. Up to 10 percent can be used for the following homeownership activities for first-time homebuyers: production, preservation, and rehabilitation; down payment assistance, closing cost assistance, and assistance for interest rate buy-downs.

Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS

The Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program helps people who are HIV positive and homeless or at a high risk of becoming homeless. Assistance from HOPWA may come in the form of rental assistance. Emergency rental or utility payments may be made to prevent eviction or cut-off of services. Mental health services are also available for those who qualify. For more information about HOPWA, call RAIN in Oklahoma City at (405) 232-2437 or Tulsa CARES in Tulsa at (918) 832-4194.

Tax Credit Assistance Program

The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency administers the Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) and the Section 1602 Exchange Program. Both programs were authorized and created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. All funding available has been awarded to eligible Affordable Housing Tax Credit projects that were impacted by the economy.

Subsidized Private Housing

In this program, the government provides subsidies directly to the property owner who then applies the subsidies to the rents that are charged to low-income tenants.

Eligibility: Individual or family income must be at or below the maximum income guideline established for your area. This guideline varies from area to area. Anyone can apply for rental assistance. Most rental assistance programs in Oklahoma operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and do not apply priorities according to disability or other factors. There are frequently waiting lists, but their length varies by locale.

Medical Deduction: Under public housing and Section 8, a medical deduction can be applied for persons withState of Housing in Oklahoma disabilities and elderly individuals. When applying for Section 8 or public housing, a person must report he or she has a disability in order to be considered for the medical deduction.

Good Neighbor Next Door

The Good Neighbor Next Door program promotes safe and strong communities by encouraging persons whose daily professional responsibilities represent a nexus to the needs of the community to purchase and live in homes in these communities. This program makes homes in revitalization areas available to law enforcement officers, teachers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

Homeownership Voucher Assistance

A public housing agency (PHA), at its option, may provide monthly assistance to families that have been admitted to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in accordance with HUD regulations, that meet certain criteria, and that are purchasing homes in an amount that would otherwise have been provided to that family as tenant-based voucher assistance.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is administered by public housing agencies (PHAs) with the help of program coordinating committees (PCCs). The PCC usually consists of representatives of local government, employment and job training agencies, welfare agencies, nonprofit providers, local businesses, and assisted families.

Lead Hazard Control

This program promotes preventive measures to correct multiple safety and health hazards in the home environment. It addresses childhood lead-based paint poisoning and other childhood diseases associated with poor housing conditions such as exposure to moisture, mold, poor air quality, lead paint, residential application of pesticides, the presence of allergens, vermin, dust, and other substances that contribute to asthma, and hazardous conditions that increase the risk of injury.

Sustainable Communities Initiative

The Sustainable Communities Initiative consists of two grant programs: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants and Community Challenge Planning Grants. The Initiative also has a research and evaluation program.Research and Evaluation funding is also available, in coordination with the Department of Transportation, to evaluate both grant programs and support community planning.

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of VeteransState of Housing in Oklahoma Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.After determining which areas of the country have the highest number of homeless Veterans, the VA Central Office identifies VA facilities in the corresponding communities. HUD then selects PHAs near to the identified VA facilities, taking into consideration the PHAs’ administrative performance, and sends the PHAs invitations to apply for the vouchers.


The income limits for public housing and rent assistance in Oklahoma may change every year and may be different in the different parts of the state for different sized families.

Income Limits for Housing Subsidy in Oklahoma

FY 2013 Very Low-Income (50%) Limit (VLIL)
Income Limit Information Median Family Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 VLIL $55,200 $19,300 $22,100 $24,850 $27,600 $29,800 $32,000 $34,200 $36,450
FY 2013 Extremely Low-Income (30%) Limit (ELIL)
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 ELIL $11,600 $13,250 $14,900 $16,550 $17,900 $19,200 $20,550 $21,850
FY 2013 Low-Income (80%) Limit (LIL)
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 LIL $30,900 $35,350 $39,750 $44,150 $47,700 $51,250 $54,750 $58,300

Unemployment Rate in Oklahoma

The unemployment rate for Oklahoma fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2013 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 2.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma peaked in December 2009 at 7.2% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.5% -0.1 -0.6
Oklahoma 4.9% -0.1 -0.1

A state’s unemployment rate generally affects its housing waiting lists. The higher the unemployment rate, the longer the waiting lists are. Please ask your housing agency for details of the programs you are interested in.Some PHAs have long waiting lists, so you may want to apply at more than one PHA. Your PHA can also give you a list of locations at which your voucher can be used.