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DHA Resident Community Service Program 


Section 512 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 requires that all non-exempt adult public housing residents must perform community service activities or participate in an economic self-sufficiency program to remain eligible for public housing assistance.

All non-exempt adult residents must do one of the following:

  • Contribute eight (8) hours per month of community service (not including political activity) 
  • Participate in an economic self-sufficiency program for eight (8) hours per month
  • Perform a combination of both for eight (8) hours per month

Volunteering must be done at a non-profit organization. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Schools, head start programs, and daycare centers
  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Thrift stores
  • Boys & Girls Clubs

Community Service Program Exemptions  

Residents over the age of 18 who meet one of the following are exempt from DHA’s community service requirement:

  • 62 years of age or older
  •  Blind or disabled
  • Primary caretaker of a blind or disabled individual
  •  Engaged in work activities (including employment, work experience programs, on-the-job training, job search, job readiness assistance, vocational/trade training, job skills training) 
  • Exempt from work activity or under any other state welfare program
  •  Resident household members of a family receiving assistance, benefits, or services under a state program
Temporary Exemptions
  • Pregnancy--exempt up to six months after birth
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Under the care of a physician
For more information about the Community Service program or to ask a question, please call 720-956-3811
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