About La Junta Housing Authority

The La Junta Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in La Junta, Colorado.

The La Junta Housing Authority serves La Junta.

La Junta Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

The LJHA offers one public housing community with 86 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the LJHA to pick up an application, located at 315 E 5th St, La Junta, CO 81050, during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling (719) 384-9055 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 a copy of proof of residency with your application.

The LJHA does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in La Junta.

For more information the LJHA can be reached by calling (719) 384-9055 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/10/2015.


About the La Junta Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, La Junta Housing Authority manages 73 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership
Vouchers 72 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $349 $292
Monthly Cost $25,133 $292

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for La Junta 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 18% having issued approximately 4 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 2 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $11,678 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

47% of households included children, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

68% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the La Junta Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 55% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 93% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 La Junta Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $292 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $474. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $197.



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.