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FAQ

DENVER HOUSING AUTHORITY

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
Lottery Questions and Answers
 

1.   What is HCV (Housing Choice Voucher)?
“Housing Choice Voucher” formerly known as Section 8, is a housing subsidy program that is funded by the federal government to assist very low to low income families live within the community.  The subsidy pays a portion of the owners rent in order to make housing affordable.     

2.  Who is qualified to participant in the HCV lottery?
a) Those 18 years of age or older voucher.
b) U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants.
c) Those whom meet income requirements (below).

             Income Guidelines:

​Household Size​1​2​3​4​5​6​7​8
​Maximum Household Income​$35,000​$40,000​$45,000​$50,000​$54,000​$58,000​$62,000​$66,000

3.   How long is the waiting list to apply for a voucher?
The DHA HCV program doesn’t have a traditional waiting list. DHA holds an online interest lottery registration once a year. (Entries do not carry over from year to year; persons must re-register each year.)  Once selected from the interest lottery persons are mailed an HCV housing application to complete and return with verification documents.  This begins the application process. 
The next online interest lottery registration starts at:
12:01 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020, at www.denverhousing.org..

4.   What do I need to have when I register?
You will need general information regarding the person whom is registering:
Name, social security number, date of birth, family size, income range and mailing address and a few other general questions.  

The process takes less than 10 minutes.

Be sure to enter your Social Security number correctly, you will need your Social Security to check your lottery status later.  Also print your confirmation page or make note of your lottery number.

5.  Can I submit more than one lottery entry?
NO – submitting more than one entry per household will disqualify all entries.

6.  How does the lottery work?
After the registration period ends, the entries are reviewed for duplicates and errors. Throughout the following year, as funds are available, DHA will randomly select lottery numbers via a computerized random selection process. Selected households will be mailed a full application to complete and submit with requested documentation (income, identity and citizenship status etc.).

Lottery registration does not guarantee that your number will be drawn. The amount of lottery numbers drawn depends on available funding.

 7. What if I move or am facing homeless, how will contact be made?
You can use the address of a friend, relative, case worker, or even a shelter – the registration form has a place for you to check off whether the address belongs to you or to someone else.   However, if you are using the address of a person whom is currently receiving housing subsidy please obtain the necessary permission before using that address.

If your contact information changes after registration, you will need to inform DHA (see Number 10 below)
    

8.   When do you draw lottery numbers?
Lottery numbers are drawn as funds are available, therefore, are no specific dates.

9.   Payment Standards for a voucher?
Our Voucher Payment Standards (VPS) and Utility Allowances (UA) are listed here. The VPS and UA are only part of the formula used to determine if a unit is affordable for your household – it also depends on the gross monthly income of your household. If you receive a voucher, you will also receive a paper that shows your Estimated Contract Rent. That is an estimate of the highest rent DHA can approve if you rent a unit with the number of bedrooms you qualify for. You will get more information about this at your orientation..

10.   What if my address changes after I register?

     It’s important to keep your mailing address updated with DHA. If an application is mailed to you, you have a limited time to respond.

Send any changes, along with your lottery number and the last 4 digits of your social security number, to:

Denver Housing Authority
Section 8 Eligibility
1401 Mariposa St.
Denver, CO 80204


 

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