About Housing Choice Vouchers
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 households, 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 household’s portion equates to approx. 30% of their gross household income.
To be eligible for the program, households must earn below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Boulder County (some programs are capped at 30% AMI). Participants are required to submit income and asset documentation. Additionally, staff will obtain a background report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation 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.
To be eligible, applicants may earn up to 50% of the area median income with no minimum necessary. Some programs require applicants to be at or below 30% of the area median income limits.
According to program guidelines, Boulder County Housing Authority provides assistance to local applicants and prioritizes those who are:
- Living within Boulder County limits
- Households with the head of household or spouse who works at least 20 hours per week within Boulder County limits
- Households with the head of household or spouse who attends school full-time within Boulder County
- Elderly household (aged 62 and older)/or people with a disability who don’t currently reside in Boulder County but who have immediate family members who reside in Boulder County. Immediate family members are defined as spouse, (adult) child, parent, or sibling.
AND who are one or more of the following
- Heads of households or spouses who are elderly (age 62+)
- Heads of households or spouses with disabilities
- Households with children under the age of 18
- Homeless and currently receiving services in Boulder County
There are limited number of Housing Choice Vouchers available. If an applicant does not fall into one the above groups, the chances of receiving a voucher are limited.