Metro West Housing Solutions
575 Union Boulevard, Suite 100
Lakewood, Jefferson County, CO


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Metro West Housing Solutions Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on November 14th, 2015

Please note: Metro West Housing Solutions covers Lakewood, CO. In 2008, the Lakewood Housing Authority re-branded as Metro West Housing Solutions.  

The Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in November 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Lakewood, CO is about 8 miles southwest of Denver, CO.

To apply in 2015, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application available on the MWHS website. Paper pre-applications were not available or accepted. Only one pre-application per household was accepted.

MWHS identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled, employed (more than 20 hours per week), live/work in Lakewood, CO. 

Applicants receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

MWHS placed qualified applicants on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Applicants placed on the waiting list will be contacted by mail. It is important to keep your contact information up to date with MWHS. If there is no response to a sent notice, the pre-application will be terminated.

For more information, visit the MWHS website, or call the office at (303) 987-7580.

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.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Metro West Housing Solutions administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 0 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,411 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Metro West Housing Solutions is determined to be a No units public housing authority, meaning it manages between 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 Metro West Housing Solutions between Public Housing Units (0%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (100%) to that of all housing authorities in Colorado, Metro West Housing Solutions 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, Metro West Housing Solutions scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2001 and a low score of 79 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Colorado is 80.80.

Metro West Housing Solutions 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, Metro West Housing Solutions manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 0. 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, Lakewood does not have 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 Metro West Housing Solutions.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 11/30/11 Plan
2011 1/11/11 Plan
2010 1/8/10 Plan
2009 1/7/09 Plan
2008 1/25/08 Plan
2007 12/1/06 Plan
2006 10/24/05 Plan
2005 1/3/05 Plan
2004 4/1/04 Plan
2003 2/3/03 Plan
2002 4/3/02 Plan
2001 5/8/01 Plan
2000 6/7/00 Plan