About Adams County Housing Authority

The Adams County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Brighton, Colorado.

The Adams County Housing Authority serves Adams County, Aurora, Arvada, Brighton, Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton and Bennett.

Adams County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Adams County, Colorado Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Adams County Housing Authority (ACHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in January 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

There are no preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Persons placed on the waiting list can update application information by contacting the ACHA in writing with their name, Social Security Number and lottery card number.

Please note: Lottery cards are valid for 12 months, and applications not chosen within that period will be destroyed. All persons on the waiting list who have not been chosen must re-apply the next year.

For more information, visit the ACHA website, or call the office at (303) 227-2075.

Last Updated on 01/16/2017.

More information about Adams County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.adamscountyhousing.com/.


About the Adams County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Adams County Housing Authority manages 1,305 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,103 45 16 94 47
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $780 $965 $853 $988 $675
Monthly Cost $860,366 $43,435 $13,641 $92,857 $31,734

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Adams County Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 8% having issued approximately 170 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 13 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $13,562 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 53% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

56% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 15% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Adams County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 71% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

29% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Adams County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $324 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $954. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $82.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.