Aurora Housing Authority
10745 E Kentucky Avenue
Aurora, Arapahoe County, CO


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Aurora Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015

The Aurora Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Resident Characteristics
as of March 31, 2014

Aurora Housing Authority operates 71 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Aurora Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 1 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 100% 1 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Aurora Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (March 31, 2014), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 64 out of a total 71 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 9.86%.

Family Type

Of the 39 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 28 (71.79%) were elderly, 11 (28.21%) were non-elderly, 34 (87.18%) were disabled, 5 (12.82%) contained children and 1 (2.56%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (March 31, 2014) the minimum rent in Aurora Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Aurora Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $0.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $0. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $0. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $0. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $0.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Aurora Housing Authority portfolio, 41% of households identified as Black, 40% identified as White, and 10% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Aurora Housing Authority properties, 59 were Extremely Low Income, 3 were Very Low Income, 1 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Aurora Housing Authority properties is $11,064. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 3% earn more than $25,000 while 97% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Aurora Housing Authority public housing 10% have wage income, 22% have welfare income, 89% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 8% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (March 31, 2014), there were a total of 63 households containing 68 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 12.82% of households included children. Across all household members in Aurora Housing Authority public houins units 0% are aged zero to five and 1.5% are aged 6 to 17.

80.9% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 17.6% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Aurora Housing Authority public housing communities. 25.4% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 4.76% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 69.84% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Aurora Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 120 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,749 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Aurora Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Aurora Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (6%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (94%) to that of all housing authorities in Colorado, Aurora Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Colorado.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Aurora Housing Authority scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 79 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Colorado is 80.80.

Aurora Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Colorado housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Aurora Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 85. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Buckingham Gardens has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Aurora Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 11/30/11 Plan
2011 12/22/10 Plan
2010 1/8/10 Plan
2008 12/20/07 Plan
2007 11/7/06 Plan
2006 12/1/05 Plan
2005 12/10/04 Plan
2004 12/12/03 Plan
2003 3/17/03 Plan
2002 2/1/02 Plan
2001 1/26/01 Plan
2000 5/16/00 Plan