About Boulder County Housing & Human Services

The Boulder County Housing & Human Services is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Boulder, Colorado.

The Boulder County Housing & Human Services serves Boulder County, Longmont, Boulder, Lyons, Louisville, Lafayette, Glendale and Nederland.

Boulder County Housing & Human Services Waiting Lists

Boulder County Housing & Human Services Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Boulder County Housing & Human Services (BCHHS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in June 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

The BCHHS mailed letters to applicants on August 1, 2015, informing them that they would being issuing vouchers in October, 2015. However, a late 2015 notice says that date has been delayed until 2016 because of lack of funding.

For more information, visit the BCHHS website, or call the office at (303) 441-1000.

Last Updated on 12/15/2015.


About the Boulder County Housing & Human Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Boulder County Housing & Human Services manages 755 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 580 3 44 19 6 58 35
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $910 $708 $1,347 $714 $545 $733 $746
Monthly Cost $528,085 $2,123 $59,262 $13,563 $3,267 $42,503 $26,093

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Boulder County Housing & Human Services

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 12% having issued approximately 60 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $15,923 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

52% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

36% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Boulder County Housing & Human Services Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 43% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 43% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Boulder County Housing & Human Services voucher holders in 2016 was $386 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,094. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $111.



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.