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Affordable Housing In Denver
Denver County, Colorado

268 Low Income Apartment Communities In Denver

Palacio Inca

850 Inca St
Denver, Colorado

Rio De Esperanza

1400 W Louisiana Ave
Denver, Colorado

Highlands Garden Village Apartments

3755 Tennyson St
Denver, Colorado

Highland Crossing

1909 S Quebec Way
Denver, Colorado

Highlands Garden Village, Llc

4717 W 37th Ave
Denver, Colorado

Catholic Charities and Com Svcs of Arch Dn

3001 S Federal Blvd
Denver, Colorado

Martinez Park Villas, Ltd

4555 W 8th Ave
Denver, Colorado

H3hom03010 Burgwyn and Perry Enterprises

1830 Gaylord Residences
Denver, Colorado

12th and Elati Residences

420 W 12th Ave
Denver, Colorado

Housing Authorities that serve Denver

Housing Authority Programs
Denver Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Denver, Colorado

There are 268 low income housing apartment communities offering 22,359 affordable apartments for rent in Denver, Colorado.

Income Based Apartments in Denver, Colorado

Denver features 10,731 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Denver, Colorado

There are 10,744 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Denver.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Denver, Colorado

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Denver landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Denver.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Denver, Colorado for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,445 and $1,766.

2021 Denver, Colorado Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Denver, Colorado Fair Market Rent $1,179 $1,304 $1,605 $2,186 $2,486
Denver, Colorado Payment Standard Range $1,061 to $1,297 $1,174 to $1,434 $1,445 to $1,766 $1,967 to $2,405 $2,237 to $2,735

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Denver, CO Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 268
Total Low Income Apartments 22,359
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 10,731
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.59%
Average Renter Household Size 2.18
Average Household Size 2.30
Median Household Income $53,637 ±$803
Median Rent $962 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.77% ± 1.16pp
Total Population 649,654

Population and Household Demographics

Denver is a city in Denver County, Colorado with a population of 649,654. There are 275,795 households in the city with an average household size of 2.30 persons. 50.59% of households in Denver are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Denver

The median gross income for households in Denver is $53,637 a year, or $4,470 a month. The median rent for the city is $962 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Denver, a household making less than $3,207 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.77% of households who rent are overburdened in Denver.

Area Median Income In Denver

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Denver, the AMI is calculated from all households within Denver County.

In Denver, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,000

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Denver

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Denver

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Denver AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$21,000 $24,000 $27,000 $30,000 $32,400 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Denver AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $54,000 $58,000 $62,000 $66,000
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Denver AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$54,950 $62,800 $70,650 $78,500 $84,800 $91,100 $97,350 $103,650