Trinidad Housing Authority
Trinidad, Las Animas County, CO


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Trinidad Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Trinidad Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 10th, 2015.

The Trinidad Housing Authority (THA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The THA offers one public housing community with 198 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the THA to pick up an application, located at 128 E First St, Trinidad, CO 81082, during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling (719) 846-7204 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

Be sure to include these copies with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The THA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: victim of domestic violence, working, non working, elderly, disabled.

For more information, the THA can be reached by calling (719) 846-7204 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Trinidad Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 198 affordable rental units. It also administers 83 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Trinidad 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 Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Trinidad Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (70%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (30%) to that of all housing authorities in Colorado, Trinidad Housing Authority 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, Trinidad Housing Authority scored an average of 81 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2003 and a low score of 65 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Colorado is 80.80.

Trinidad 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)

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 Trinidad Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 2/23/10 Plan
2007 1/30/07 Plan
2006 1/23/06 Plan
2005 1/24/05 Plan
2004 1/26/04 Plan
2003 6/3/03 Plan
2002 4/3/02 Plan
2001 2/13/01 Plan
2000 4/2/00 Plan