OPEN SOON: Boulder County, Colorado, Limited Section 8 Voucher Waiting List will open on June 25, 2024 and close on June 26, 2024

Lorena Bentley

Analysis by Lorena Bentley

Last Updated: June, 21st 2024

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This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental housing assistance in Boulder County, Colorado.

Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) will accept Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from June 25, 2024 at 9:00 am, until June 26, 2024 at 4:00 pm MT. This is the first time the waiting list has been open since it closed in November, 2023.

To qualify: Applicants must be less than 62 years of age and a person with a disability.

Preferences

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Living in Boulder County
  • Households with an adult who works at least 20 hours per week within Boulder County
  • Homeless and currently receiving services in Boulder County.

Selection Process

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

Application Method

To apply while the waiting list is open, complete the online application.

For more information, visit the BHP website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHP public notice on May 28, 2024.

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Boulder County, Colorado, Limited Section 8 Voucher Application Methods

The application may be completed online at https://mybhp.boulderhousing.org/.

Boulder County, Colorado, Limited Section 8 Voucher Applicant Preferences

Boulder County, Colorado, Limited has preferences for: Elderly, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Homeless, Disabled. Preferences are not required but Section 8 Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Boulder Housing Partners

Boulder County, Colorado, Limited Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is managed by Boulder Housing Partners.

Boulder Housing Partners provides affordable housing for up to 1,199 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Boulder County, Colorado.

What should I do after applying to the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How long will it take to get to the top of the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

The wait to reach the top of this waiting list will be different for everyone.

This waiting list has at least one preference, so those who qualify will have a shorter wait than those who don't. After sorting preferences, applicants are placed on the waiting list randomly. So, there could be a big difference between your wait time, depending on your spot on the waiting list.

If you are closer to the top of the waiting list, your wait may be just weeks or months long. But if you're closer to the end of the waiting list, it could take years to reach the top.

How do I update my application for the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list that is open soon?

You must wait to apply for a waiting list that is open soon until it opens on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority will not accept applications until this waiting list opens.

For the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

How is a Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher waiting list sorted by random lottery?

A waiting list sorted by random lottery orders applicants who are selected for the waiting list by a random number system. The time you apply does not factor into your waiting list placement.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Boulder Housing Partners.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Boulder Housing Partners?

At the start of 2024, Boulder Housing Partners was managing 1,314 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 1,117 households with a voucher. This represents 85% of the total voucher allotment for Boulder Housing Partners.

According to HUD, there is a total of 2,340 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Boulder Housing Partners, with the average number of people per household being 2.

Are there any Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 85% of its vouchers utilized by households with 15% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 197 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 1,314 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 households have children?

Of the 1,117 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the Boulder Housing Partners, 381 have at least one child. There are 79 two-parent households in the Boulder Housing Partners voucher program, and 302 single-parent households. There were 329 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 Voucher holders is $20,214 The average annual income per person is $11,316 The average voucher holder earns 19% of the local Area Median Income.

Boulder Housing Partners voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 56 5%
$5,000 - $9,999 134 12%
$10,000 - $14,999 346 31%
$15,000 - $19,999 168 15%
$20,000+ 413 37%

What is the source of income for Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 407 (31%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 53 (4%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 828 (63%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $1,265 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $15,180. The program as a whole is paying landlords $1,413,005 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $16,956,060

How much does the average Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $510 per month or $6,120 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $569,670 per month, which is $6,836,040 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Boulder Housing Partners program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $1,775 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $82 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 homes?

Of the 1,314 households with a Section 8 voucher, 581 (52%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 346 (31%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 190 (17%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 15% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 households?

32% of Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

Racial/ethnic makeup of Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 tenants
Race Number of Households % of Households
Asian/Pacific Islander 22 2%
Black Non-Hispanic 56 5%
Native American/Alaskan 22 2%
White Non-Hispanic 759 68%
Black Hispanic 0 0%
White Hispanic 257 23%
Other Hispanic 11 1%

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Boulder Housing Partners Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 34 3%
25-50/td> 402 36%
51-61 223 20%
62-84 424 38%
85 or Older 34 3%