The Section 8 program at the Denver Housing Authority is a lottery
based application process. The dates of the lottery change yearly, however,
these dates are announced in all local papers under the public notice section,
the DHA phone system as well as our website. Once annually the Denver Housing
Authority holds an online lottery process on our website at www.denverhousing.org for interested
applicants, 18 years of age and older. Entries are submitted within the time
frame allotted through the online process and transferred to DHA’s computer
system. Throughout the year, random drawings are held. If an applicant’s number
is selected, he/she will be notified through the mail within 120 days after the
date of the drawing. Lottery ticket numbers are valid for the entire year and
expire on December 31 of each year. Interested parties are encouraged to
re-apply every year since numbers from the previous year are null and void as of
December 31 of that same year.
When an applicant’s lottery number is selected through a random
drawing, they are contacted within 120 days of the date of the drawing by mail.
The letter mailed out by the Occupancy Department informs the applicant of the
next several steps to a Section 8 application.
At the interview, applicants will sign a computer generated application
and paperwork required to process their Section 8 application. Once all
information is verified, the applicant will be notified through the mail of the
status of their application. If the applicant is approved, it is anticipated
they will wait 30-60 days to be contacted by the Section 8 Department to receive
a housing voucher and go through an orientation to show the applicant how to
rent a unit under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher