Housing Authority of the City of Fountain
501 E Iowa Avenue
Fountain, El Paso County, CO

719-382-5639

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the City of Fountain (HACF) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications.


Please note: The current wait time for a Voucher is approximately one and a half years.

To apply, visit the HACF to pick up an application, located at 501 E Iowa Ave, Fountain, CO 80817, between the hours of 8:30 am and 11:30 am, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, between the hours of 8:30 am and 11:30 am Monday-Friday. No documents are needed at this time.

The HACF does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in the City of Fountain.

For more information the HACF can be reached by calling (719) 382-5639 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
Not ApplicableOpenNot Applicable

The Housing Authority of the City of Fountain (HACF) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.


Please note: The HACF does not offer a public housing program for families.

The HACF offers one public housing community with 40 units for senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, visit the HACF to pick up an application located at 501 E Iowa Ave, Fountain, CO 80817, between the hours of 8:30 am and 11:30 am, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, between the hours of 8:30 am and 11:30 am, Monday-Friday. No documents are needed at this time.

The HACF does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in the City of Fountain.

For more information the HACF can be reached by calling (719) 382-5639 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Housing Authority of the City of Fountain operates 40 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of the City of Fountain 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 Housing Authority of the City of Fountain’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 40 out of a total 40 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0%.

Family Type

Of the 32 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 23 (71.88%) were elderly, 9 (28.13%) were non-elderly, 32 (100%) were disabled, 0 (0%) contained children and 0 (0%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Housing Authority of the City of Fountain's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of the City of Fountain’s public housing developments is $294.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $141. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $145. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $291. 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 Housing Authority of the City of Fountain portfolio, 8% of households identified as Black, 90% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Fountain properties, 30 were Extremely Low Income, 10 were Very Low Income, 0 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of the City of Fountain properties is $12,774. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 2% earn more than $25,000 while 98% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Fountain public housing 0% have wage income, 0% have welfare income, 98% 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 (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 40 households containing 44 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, 0% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of the City of Fountain public houins units 0% are aged zero to five and 0% are aged 6 to 17.

75% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 25% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Fountain public housing communities. 17.5% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 72.5% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Fountain administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 40 affordable rental units. It also administers 240 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Fountain is determined to be a Very Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1 - 49 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the City of Fountain between Public Housing Units (14%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (86%) to that of all housing authorities in Colorado, Housing Authority of the City of Fountain 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 (hud.gov, 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, Housing Authority of the City of Fountain scored an average of 94 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 84 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Colorado is 80.80.

Housing Authority of the City of Fountain 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 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, Housing Authority of the City of Fountain manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 99. 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, Fountain has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 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 Housing Authority of the City of Fountain.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 2/25/10 Plan
2008 10/18/07 Plan
2007 10/25/06 Plan
2006 5/3/06 Plan
2005 11/16/04 Plan
2004 12/9/03 Plan
2003 12/12/02 Plan
2002 1/11/01 Plan
2001 1/17/01 Plan
2000 5/23/00 Plan