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The Section 8 Lottery is currently closed. For more information about the Lottery, visit https://www.ohasection8lottery.org/.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Omaha Housing Authority Section 8 application process will be completely online and will be conducted through a lottery process. Applicants will have seven days to submit their pre-application. Once the application period has ended, OHA will draw 3,000 names by computerized random lottery. This is no longer a first-come, first-serve process but a more equitable and inclusive solution – the new process is easier for applicants, the entry period is longer, and the application is more accessible to a wider group of people.

If an applicant does not have access to a computer, he/she can use the computers at any Omaha Public Library or access the website on a mobile device with internet access.

Click Here for more information on how to apply.


Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) administers approximately 4300 vouchers. The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) receives its funding for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The OHA is not a federal department or agency.  A public housing agency (PHA) is a governmental or public body, created and authorized by state law to develop and operate housing and housing programs for low-income families.  OHA enters into an Annual Contributions Contract with HUD to administer the program requirements on behalf of HUD.  OHA must ensure compliance with federal laws, regulations, and notices and must establish policy and procedures to clarify federal requirements and to ensure consistency in program operation.

Omaha Housing Authority jurisdiction covers the city of Omaha, Ralston, Papillion, LaVista, Millard/County of Douglas.  Clients may live in any unit in these areas that meet the Housing Choice Voucher criteria.

General Program Guidelines

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing available in the private market.  Program participants are able to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in a subsidized housing project. OHA strongly encourages families to search for housing outside economically distressed areas.  Section 8 participants may move at the end of their lease term to other locations anywhere in the United States where there is an agency operating a housing choice voucher program.

To qualify for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, participants must earn no more than 50% of the area median income.  Eligible families generally are required to pay 30% of their adjusted income towards gross rent (owner rent and the amount of the utility allowance for tenant-paid utilities that are not included in the rent to the owner).

The amount of the subsidy paid by OHA is dependent upon the payment standard adopted for each unit size (number of bedrooms), or the gross rent for the unit if less than the payment standard. If the gross rent for a unit exceeds the payment standard, a tenant may choose to pay the higher rent but it may not pay more than 40% of its adjusted income for rent.

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