Denver Housing Authority

777 Grant Street
Denver, Denver County, Colorado 80203

Denver Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Denver, Colorado that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 18th, 2019, Denver Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The City and County of Denver, Colorado Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will open on September 19th, 2019.

Denver Housing Authority serves Denver County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
City and County of Denver, Colorado Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Subsidized Housing with Children Closed
Subsidized Housing Elderly Closed
Subsidize Housing Disabled Closed
Subsidized Housing Near-Elderly Closed

Open Denver Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Soon: City and County of Denver, Colorado Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher lottery is opening soon, from September 19, 2019 at 12:01 a.m., until September 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. MT. It was last open for two days in September, 2018. Before that, it was open for two days in September, 2017, for two days in September, 2016, for two days in September, 2015, and for two days in September, 2014.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the DHA website here.

The lottery has the following preferences: Homeless transitional family and Working/employed in the following descending order of priority:

  1. Earning 50%-80% of area median income

  2. Earning 30%-50% of area median income

  3. Earning less than 30% of area median income.

The DHA does not operate a traditional waiting list for its Section 8 program. Applicants will be given a random lottery number. Lottery selections to distribute vouchers will occur at unspecified dates throughout the year. Lottery winners will be posted on the DHA website. Once the lottery reopens each year, all lottery numbers reset. Applicants who receive a lottery number must re-apply during next year's opening.

For more information, read the DHA public notice, or visit the DHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (720) 832-3000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/18/2019.

Other Denver Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Subsidized Housing with Children Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) Subsidized Housing with Children interest card application period is currently closed. It was last open for 10 days in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Last Updated on 06/18/2019.

Closed: Subsidized Housing Elderly Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) Subsidized Housing Elderly (62+) interest card application period is currently closed. It was last open for 10 days in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Last Updated on 06/18/2019.

Closed: Subsidize Housing Disabled Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Disabled Waiting List

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) Subsidized Housing Disabled interest card application period is currently closed. It was last open for 10 days in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Last Updated on 06/18/2019.

Closed: Subsidized Housing Near-Elderly Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) Subsidized Housing Near-Elderly (50+) interest card application period is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Last Updated on 06/18/2019.

About Denver Housing Authority

More information about Denver Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.denverhousing.org/Pages/default.aspx. Representatives of Denver Housing Authority may be available by phone at (720) 932-3000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/18/2019, it is not known if Denver Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Denver Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Denver Housing Authority manages 6,261 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 5,076 20 138 659 280 69
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,087 $913 $799 $1,259 $708 $1,078
Monthly Cost $5,516,278 $18,261 $110,220 $829,552 $198,200 $74,354

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Denver 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 691 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $13,433 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% 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.

49% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 46% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Denver Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Denver Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $344 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $959. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $137.



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.


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