South Metro Housing Options
5745 South Bannock Street
Littleton, Arapahoe County, 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 Statuses

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 June 10th, 2015.

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The South Metro Housing Options (SMHO) is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

South Metro Housing Options operates 143 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of South Metro Housing Options public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 50% 1 bedroom apartments, 23% 2 bedroom apartments, 18% 3 bedroom apartments, 8% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of South Metro Housing Options’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 141 out of a total 143 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.4%.

Family Type

Of the 130 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 46 (35.38%) were elderly, 84 (64.62%) were non-elderly, 91 (70%) were disabled, 54 (41.54%) contained children and 48 (36.92%) 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 (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in South Metro Housing Options's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for South Metro Housing Options’s public housing developments is $335.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $278. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $228. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $455. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $375.

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 South Metro Housing Options portfolio, 6% of households identified as Black, 86% identified as White, and 14% 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 South Metro Housing Options properties, 108 were Extremely Low Income, 27 were Very Low Income, 3 were Low Income and 1 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in South Metro Housing Options properties is $14,650. Of all public housing residents, 3% have no income and 12% earn more than $25,000 while 85% 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 South Metro Housing Options public housing 28% have wage income, 45% have welfare income, 69% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 22% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 139 households containing 288 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 2.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 41.54% of households included children. Across all household members in South Metro Housing Options public houins units 5.6% are aged zero to five and 34.4% are aged 6 to 17.

19.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 40.3% 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 South Metro Housing Options public housing communities. 21.58% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.51% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 66.91% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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 (, 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 (, 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