Subsidized Housing

 About

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, allowing the participant 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.

THE WAITING LIST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

Frequently Asked Questions For Section 8


 Applicants/Waitlist

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

These lists remain open year-round:

Prime Haven

Senior/Disabled Housing in Nederland, CO. Application.

Walter Self Apartment

Senior/Disabled Housing in Lyons, CO Application.

For additional housing resources for seniors contact Boulder County Aging Services


The Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) hereby gives notice of the opening of the Section 8 Project Based Voucher two (2) bedroom waitlist for available units approved by HUD for the Project Based Voucher Program beginning April 23, 2014 until April 25, 2014. Please note that this is site-based assistance, and the voucher is only applicable to a specific property. This opportunity is also in conjunction with the Family Self Sufficiency Program, for which participation is mandatory in order to receive housing assistance.

Applications In English | En Español may be picked up at our main administrative building located at 2525 13th Street, Suite 204 in Boulder, Colorado from 8:00 AM though 4:30 PM beginning on April 23, 2014, or completed online. Completed applications must be received by our office no later than April 25, 2014 by 4:30 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions For Applicants/Current Waitlist Openings


 Landlords

Landlords

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.


Forms:

Frequently Asked Questions For Landlords


 Plans/Policy

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.

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Equal Housing Opportunity


Boulder County Housing Authority


 Staff

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
720/564-2280; aguthrie@bouldercounty.org
Boulder Office

Annette Reyes, Housing Occupancy Assistant
303/441-1542; areyes@bouldercounty.org
Boulder Office

Cheryl Sears, Housing Occupancy Assistant and Portability Specialist
303/682-6735; csears@bouldercounty.org
Longmont Office

Elissa Plancher, Housing Occupancy Assistant
720/564-2277; eplancher@bouldercounty.org
Boulder Office

Julia Grubb, Housing Occupancy Assistant and Waitlist Administrator
720-564-2287; jgrubb@bouldercounty.org
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.

 Related Links


Contacts

Housing & Human Services

Phone: 303-441-1000
Fax: 303-441-1523
Submit a question or comment

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

Boulder

Benefits: 3460 Broadway
Map & Directions
Housing: 2525 13th St, Suite 204
Housing Phone: 303-441-3929
Housing Fax: 720-564-2283
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F

Longmont

1921 Corporate Center Circle, Suite 3F
Map & Directions
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F

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