About Fort Collins Housing Authority

The Fort Collins Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Fort Collins Housing Authority serves Fort Collins.

The Fort Collins Housing Authority, Wellington Housing Authority, and Larimer County Housing Authority, are managed by Housing Catalyst.

Fort Collins Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Fort Collins Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Fort Collins Housing Authority (FCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in December 2016; and prior to that for two weeks in June 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the Housing Catalyst website, or call the office at (970) 416-2910.

Last Updated on 08/01/2017.


About the Fort Collins Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Fort Collins Housing Authority manages 986 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 549 36 43 35 11 111 166
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $740 $781 $850 $501 $945 $702 $635
Monthly Cost $406,239 $28,119 $36,552 $17,520 $10,393 $77,928 $105,417

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Fort Collins 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 11% having issued approximately 92 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $13,317 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% 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 64% 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, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% 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.

39% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 34% of households with children have a female head of household. 63% of all households were headed by a female.

28% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Fort Collins Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 64% 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, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 Fort Collins Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $341 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $846. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $118.



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.