Metro West Housing Solutions

575 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colorado 80228

Metro West Housing Solutions is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Metro West Housing Solutions offers Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Lakewood.

Metro West Housing Solutions was formerly called the Lakewood Housing Authority.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Lakewood, Colorado Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Indy Street Flats Closed

Other Metro West Housing Solutions Waiting Lists

Closed: Lakewood, Colorado Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Metro West Housing Solutions (MHS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 22, 2019, until October 23, 2019. 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.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

1 person: $32,500 | 4 people: $46,400
2 people: $37,150 | 5 people: $50,150
3 people: $41,800 | 6 people: $53,850

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the MHS website.

Last Updated on 12/22/2019.

Closed: Indy Street Flats Waiting List

The Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) waiting list for apartments at Indy Street Flats is currently closed. Pre-applications were last accepted from October 28, 2019, until October 29, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

1 person $32,500 - $39,000 | 5 person  $50,150 - $60,180
2 person $37,150 - $44,580 | 6 person $53,580 - $64,620
3 person $41,800 - $50,160 | 7 person $57,550 - $69,060
4 person $46,400 - $55,680 |

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MWHS website.

Last Updated on 10/29/2019.

About Metro West Housing Solutions

More information about Metro West Housing Solutions can be found on its website at http://www.mwhsolutions.org/.

Representatives of Metro West Housing Solutions may be available by phone at (303) 987-7580. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of August 16th, 2022, it is not known if Metro West Housing Solutions is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 10/11/2018, Metro West Housing Solutions is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Metro West Housing Solutions Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Metro West Housing Solutions manages 1,005 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 919 52 28
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $992 $1,106 $1,163
Monthly Cost $911,357 $57,496 $32,574

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Metro West Housing Solutions

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 7% having issued approximately 169 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $14,423 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% 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.

44% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

58% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Metro West Housing Solutions Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 39% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 51% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Metro West Housing Solutions voucher holders in 2016 was $379 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $848. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $89.



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.