Longtime Homeowner Assistance Program

The Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) program provides property tax bill assistance to help people stay in their homes. 

Eligibility

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 limits below)
Household Size
Household Income
1
$48,400
2
$55,300
3
$62,200
4
$69,100
5
$74,650
6
$80,200
7
$85,700
8
$91,250


Application Window

Orange County will accept applications starting on October 8, and all applications must be received by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2021 to allow time for processing.

How to Apply (Three Options)

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

2) Paper Applications: Download and print a paper application or 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.

FAQs

Q: How much financial assistance can I receive?

Financial assistance awards through the LHA Program will cover the amount by which the County portion of a total property tax bill for 2021 has increased from the 2020 bill. 

A property tax bill has several components: all bills have County tax, and all bills have a combination of Fire District tax, School District tax, and/or Municipal tax. Orange County also collects Municipal storm water fees and County solid waste fees on tax bills. The amount of LHA assistance a homeowner can receive is based on the increase in the County portion of the 2021 tax bill – not the whole tax bill, not the entire County portion of the tax bill, and not the increase in the whole tax bill.

For example: Your total 2020 property tax bill was $1,000 and the County portion of that bill was $300. Your 2021 property tax bill is $1,500 and the County portion of that bill is $450. The LHA Program could cover the increase in the County portion of the bill ($450 - $300 = $150).

Q: When are applications due?

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2021.