Affordable Housing

Through bond financing with the County of Orange, partnerships with private developers, and State or Federal funding assistance, there are a variety of affordable living alternatives for low and moderate income families.

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Housing and Community Services

Housing Choice Voucher Program

Pursuant to a cooperation agreement with the Lake Forest Housing Authority, persons interested in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) are referred to the Orange County Housing Authority.
Housing Choice Voucher Program

Affordable Housing In New Neighborhoods

  • Of the new housing developments in Lake Forest, only Baker Ranch has an affordable housing apartment complex (The Arroyo at Baker Ranch). To inquire regarding availability and/or wait-list time, please contact the apartment complex at (949) 380-0311.
  • The new Portola Center development, at the intersection of Glenn Ranch Road and Saddleback Ranch Road, will include 57 one-bedroom senior affordable apartments for seniors 62 years+.  Community HousingWorks and Sun Ranch Capital Partners broke ground on May 13 for the affordable housing project. The project will offer an array of amenities and support services to increase financial and housing stability and overall wellness. Completion of the Portola Senior Apartments is anticipated for Fall 2023. 
    Visit chworks.org to learn more about the project or how to apply.
  • Mountain View is a multifamily affordable housing project approved in 2021 consisting of 71 units (70 affordable). National Community Renaissance (National CORE) is the applicant and demolition permits have been issued and construction will begin early 2022. More information will be available as the project approaches completion. Please call 909-483-2444.
  • The Meadows Senior Affordable Apartments: The Meadows property (formerly "Nakase") was previously a wholesale plant nursery. It was approved by Planning Commission on August 19, 2021. The project includes a two-story 65-unit apartment complex, including 64 senior affordable units (of which 7 will be permanent supportive housing) and one market-rate manager’s unit, and associated site improvements. The project site is located on an approximately 2.6-acre lot in the Nakase Planned Community located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Rancho Parkway and Bake Parkway. Please call (714) 288-7600 for more information.

Home Ownership

The County of Orange offers a homeownership program whereby participants may be able to use housing assistance subsidies for mortgage payments. For more information, please visit Orange County Housing.

Rental Housing

The County of Orange maintains an affordable housing rental list, which contains contact information for affordable rentals throughout the County. To view the list, please visit the Orange County Housing Authority and click on the Affordable Housing List link, which can be found under Resources at the bottom of the page.