South Metro Housing Options
5745 South Bannock Street
Littleton, Arapahoe County, CO

303-794-9608 http://smho.co/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the South Metro Housing Options Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

Please note: South Metro Housing Options covers Arapahoe County, CO, and also administers Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers through the Colorado Division of Housing.

The South Metro Housing Options (SMHO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in June 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Visit the SMHO office in person to pick up a pre-application.
  2. Download the pre-application online, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed, it could be mailed or hand delivered to the SMHO. Mailed pre-applications must have been postmarked on June 19, 2015.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the SMHO website, or call the office at (303) 794-9608 during normal office hours.


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 Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the South Metro Housing Options Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update July 18th, 2016.

The South Metro Housing Options (SMHO) is not accepting family Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.


Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the SMHO website, or call the office at (303) 794-9608 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The South Metro Housing Options administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 143 affordable rental units. It also administers 288 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, South Metro Housing Options 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 Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of South Metro Housing Options between Public Housing Units (33%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (67%) to that of all housing authorities in Colorado, South Metro Housing Options has a larger 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, South Metro Housing Options scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2007 and a low score of 71 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Colorado is 80.80.

South Metro Housing Options 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)

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 South Metro Housing Options.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 8/24/12 Plan
2010 8/24/10 Plan
2007 9/20/07 Plan
2006 8/24/06 Plan
2005 9/22/05 Plan
2004 10/8/04 Plan
2003 10/29/03 Plan
2002 6/2/03 Plan
2001 12/31/01 Plan
2000 10/12/00 Plan