You do not need to be “pre-qualified” to join an affordable housing waiting list. When your name is next on a waiting list, staff from that building’s leasing office will contact you to go over your income documents and determine whether you are eligible.
Leasing office staff will compare your household income with the limits the California Department of Housing and Community Development and/or United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has established for Orange County. These figures change from year-to-year, but the below table can provide a rough estimate as to whether your household may currently qualify for an affordable unit.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the California Department of Housing and Community Development typically issue updated income limits toward mid-to-late summer. Until that time, the income limits from the previous year remain in effect.