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.