Subsidized Housing


About Subsidized Housing

Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) administers programs that address specific needs of a cross-section of County residents. These programs, described below, serve low-income individuals and households, military veterans, homeless families, and families and children involved in the child welfare system. Each of these programs operates under the standard Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) guidelines, helping the participant to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private housing market. This division also administers housing vouchers through a Project-Based Voucher Program under which the housing assistance is attached to a specific unit, rather than the person.

Participants are able to choose any private or BCHA-owned unit in the County and Broomfield that meets eligibility requirements, including area of service, rent amount, number of bedrooms, and housing quality standards/acceptable level of health and safety. Rent payments are administered by the housing authority paying its portion/subsidy to the landlord directly on behalf of the tenant. The household pays the difference between the rent amount and the subsidy. The family’s portion equates to approx. 30% of their gross household income.

To be eligible for the program, households must earn at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Boulder County (some programs are capped at 30% and 50% AMI). Participants are required to submit income and asset documentation. Additionally, staff will obtain a background report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is obtained by staff for all household members over age 18.

Participants agree to pay rent on time, comply with lease agreements, report changes in income and household size, attend required annual recertifications, and adequately maintain their property.

  • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

  • The HCV Program, also known as “Section 8,” is a rent subsidy program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program assists individuals and families with very-low income, including Seniors and people with disabilities. Assistance is provided on behalf of the participants, who secure their own housing within the community, with rent payments split in portions between the Housing Authority and the household.

  • The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program

  • The VASH program combines HCV rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics. All participants are referred to BCHA by the VA.

  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program

  • TBRA is a State-funded 2-year program providing housing vouchers and intensive case management to families who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless with children in the local school districts. It works closely with McKinney-Vento school liaisons and life skills programs to positively affect the child(ren)’s academic, attendance and behavioral performance, and their parents’ education and employment goals, through housing stabilization.

  • Family Unification Program (FUP)

  • FUP is a supportive housing, early intervention program that provides housing with supportive case management services to both families with identified child welfare concerns and youth transitioning out of the foster care system within the County. The objective is to promote family reunification, with the end result being the prevention of the removal of children from their parents due to housing instability. FUP also addresses the needs of homeless youth that have spent considerable time in the foster care system by offering supportive services, enhancing their opportunity for self-sufficiency and transition into adulthood.

  • Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program

  • Under the PBV program, the assistance is tied to the unit, rather than the person. Boulder County owns and manages properties throughout the County and offers these units to eligible residents at a cost that is affordable to them. Participants come from Boulder County’s Self-Sufficiency Program, a 5-year a five-year academic, employment and savings initiative program designed to help the families gain job training and education to improve their family’s financial situation and move toward self-sufficiency.

     Section 8

    Section 8

    What is Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)?

    • Boulder County Housing Authority is one of three housing authorities within Boulder County to manage a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
    • This assistance is tied to the family, and can be used to rent properties from any landlord who is willing to participate in the program. The assistance can be utilized as long as a family continues to qualify for the program, and are in compliance with program requirements.
    • Preference is given to families with children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Current Boulder County residents or people who work in Boulder County also receive a preference.
    • Rent is based on 30% of tenants’ adjusted gross monthly income, and the remainder of the rent is subsidized by the housing authority.
    • Tenants must recertify for housing assistance on an annual basis.
    • BCHA’s HCV Program also collaborates with the Family Self Sufficiency Program and Project Hope to provide additional case management resources to our participants.
    • Interested parties must apply via the waiting list, and the date and time of the application will determine the applicant’s placement on the list. When a family reaches the top of the waiting list, they are contacted by letter and asked to attend a briefing, during which, they are screened for eligibility.


    Frequently Asked Questions For Section 8


    Applicants/Current Waitlist Openings

    Wait List Information

    The Housing Choice Voucher Program waitlist is closed until further notice.

    Applications are not being accepted at this time. If and when the waitlist re-opens, it will be advertised on the Boulder County website and through legal notices in local newspapers, including the Boulder Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call newspapers.

    Current Waitlist Opening

    There are no current waitlist openings

    These lists remain open year-round:

    Prime Haven

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    Senior/Disabled Housing in Lyons, CO Application.

    For additional housing resources for seniors contact Boulder County Aging Services

    Frequently Asked Questions For Applicants/Current Waitlist Openings



    BCHA’s Housing Assistance Programs partners with more than 250 landlords throughout the County. Landlords are important members of our program, as they provide housing opportunities for our participants and devote time to meeting our program requirements. Over the past few years, we have streamlined many of our documents and processes with our landlords to more efficiently manage our relationships, with the goal of reducing work time for all parties.


    Frequently Asked Questions For Landlords



    Proposed Plans for FY 2014 for the Boulder County Housing Authority and Louisville Housing Authority - Public Comments Requested.

    The Boulder County Housing Authority and the Louisville Housing Authority hereby notify the public of the proposed 2104 Annual Agency Plans. The Annual Plan is required for all housing authorities by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to receive program funding.

    Check out our new Senior Housing development,
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    Equal Housing Opportunity

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    Housing Assistance Programs Staff

    Below is a list of Housing Assistance Programs staff. If you are a program participant and have questions, please contact your designated Occupancy Assistant/Case Manager. If you are a landlord and have questions, please contact your tenant’s Occupancy Assistant. If you are not a participant and have general questions about the programs, please call BCHA main phone number.

    Boulder Office: 2525 13th Street, Suite 204, Boulder, CO  80304
    Longmont Office: 1288 Alaska Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501
    BCHA Main Phone Number: 303/441-3929

    Amanda Guthrie, Program Manager
    Boulder Office

    Annette Reyes, Housing Occupancy Assistant
    Boulder Office

    Cheryl Sears, Housing Occupancy Assistant and Portability Specialist
    Longmont Office

    Elissa Plancher, Housing Occupancy Assistant
    Boulder Office

    Julia Grubb, Housing Occupancy Assistant and Waitlist Administrator
    Boulder Office

     Report Fraud

    Report Fraud

    BCHA is committed to protecting the integrity of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. If you have reason to believe that any fraudulent activity is taking place in connection with participants in any of the Housing Assistance Programs, please call the Housing Programs Manager at 720/564-2280 or email.


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