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Get help with ORCA

OHCS is committed to provide support at every step of a sponsor’s affordable housing development project, from Intake to post-selection and compliance. If you have questions about the Oregon Centralized Application (ORCA) process, please submit your question to the OHCS ORCA FAQs.

Please note, currently only Intake and Prequalification are open. The full ORCA will not open until later May 2024.

Training and tutorials 

Training is available to help applicants navigate the Oregon Centralized Application process:

Frequently Asked Questions

Read Frequently asked questions about the ORCA process.

Please submit your questions through the FAQ form. This includes project-specific question so that your question can be routed to the correct staff member.

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Office hours

Virtual office hours are held regularly for potential and current ORCA applicants to ask questions and get technical support from OHCS staff. Registration is required. Future office hour dates are: 

Technical Advisors

Technical Advisors are OHCS staff who are available to help developers:

  • Navigate the new Oregon Centralized Application (ORCA) system
  • Access resources including OHCS Predevelopment Loans, Capacity Building grants, consultant referrals
  • Build relationships with OHCS that support current projects and future pipeline

Technical Advisors may be requested or assigned to assist a developer at Intake. Technical Advisors can be reached at Technical.Advisors@hcs.oregon.gov.

Due to current staff capacity, Technical Advisors will prioritize support for set-aside eligible developers – culturally specific organizations, non-profit sponsors of rural projects, and Tribal housing organizations, as requested. 

Production analysts will be assigned when final funding commitments are made. If you need to get connect with a developer or developer consultant to assist with your project, go to the Affordable Rental Housing Partner Database.