FAQ

FAQ - Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program & Lottery

“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 to make housing affordable.   

a) Those 18 years of age or older voucher.
b) U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants.
c) Those who meet income requirements (below).

Income Guidelines:

​Household Size

​1

​2

​3

​4

​5

​6

​7

​8

​Maximum Household Income

​$36,700

​$41,950

​$47,200

​$56,600

​$56,600

​$60,800

​$65,000

​$69,200

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. 

You will need general information regarding the person who 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.

NO – submitting more than one entry per household will disqualify all entries.

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.

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 who 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.

Send a letter to “Denver Housing Authority, Attn: Housing Choice Voucher Lottery, 1401 Mariposa St., Denver, CO 80204” – letter should include new contact information, lottery number (if known), and last 4 digits of SSN.

Lottery numbers are drawn as funds are available, therefore, are no specific dates.

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.

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 a letter to “Denver Housing Authority, Attn: Housing Choice Voucher Lottery, 1401 Mariposa St., Denver, CO 80204” – letter should include new contact information, lottery number (if known), and last 4 digits of SSN.

FAQ - Business Opportunities

Register on the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System (BidNet®) at https://www.bidnetdirect.com/colorado/denverhousingauthority

Solicitation status is updated through BidNet

Please contact BidNet at 1-800-835-4603, Option 2

For a list of Section 3 Business Concerns, please search the National HUD Section 3 Business Database at www.hud.gov/sec3biz and/or request from procurement@denverhousing.org

Please contact BidNet at 1-800-835-4603, Option 2.

Please send questions in writing to procurement@denverhousing.org during the question and answer period.

State and local government agencies throughout the State of Colorado & Wyoming, including Denver Housing Authority, utilize bidnet direct for distribution of solicitations – including documents and addendum, vendor management and award management. Many participating agencies also utilize the electronic bid submission option for vendors to submit responses directly online through the platform. In addition, our content team of researchers visits thousands of agency websites, newspapers, and other locations to aggregate open solicitations from non-participating agencies to alert registered vendors of matching opportunities.

Registration on bidnet direct is done online. To receive notifications of matching Denver Housing Authority business opportunities, simply register here https://www.bidnetdirect.com/colorado/denverhousingauthority

There are 4 types of registration options. 

When you register, you are registering for access to not only Denver Housing Authority’s open solicitations, but also solicitations from hundreds of other participating agencies throughout Colorado & Wyoming.

Group, Statewide, and Federal options will provide you automated notifications of participating agency matching bids and, additionally, all statewide matching government bids and/or Federal Bids. 

Free registration will allow you to access documents, respond to electronic bids and more; however, you will need to log in daily to ensure that you do not miss any business opportunities.

Basic registration requires key contact information for your company’s main user, such as company name, address, and phone number. Once you have completed the basic registration, you will receive an email to verify your account information. After your account is verified, you will be prompted to complete additional information, including NIGP Category code selections and any applicable Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) or Small Business (SB) certification information. You can start the registration process here.

Yes, all registered vendors can download documents from Denver Housing Authority along with other participating agency documents attached to matching solicitations.

Bidnet direct’s Vendor Support team is available M-F from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. MT. You can contact us at (800) 835-4603 or support@bidnet.com.

No, DHA does not have an approved vendor list. The only requirement to do business with DHA is to ensure that you have not been debarred or suspended from doing business with the Federal government or with DHA. If you would like access to DHA solicitations, we encourage you to register on the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System (BidNet).

Please send invoices for work completed/supplies delivered to the DHA Accounts Payable department at AP@denverhousing.org. Do not send invoices for pre-payments or down payments. Questions regarding payment status can be referred to the COR, project manager, individual listed on the purchase order or Accounts Payable.

FAQ - Employment

DHA accepts resumes and/or applications on an ongoing basis.  You may fax to 720-932-3005, email to Personnel@DenverHousing.org or mail to 1035 Osage St. Denver, CO 80204.  You may also apply in person at the 1035 Osage St. Denver, CO 80204.  Always specify the position for which you are applying. 

The Notice of Intent to Promote or Hire is an internal posting of a position.  You may apply for the position, however, first consideration for the position will be given to regular employees of DHA.  If no regular employee is found to fill the position then DHA will consider all outside applications and/or resumes including contract and special program employees.

DHA has a variety of salaried positions from entry-level clerical and maintenance jobs to managerial, professional, and administrative positions.  DHA also has hourly paid positions to assist in the implementation of grants.  Some hourly paid and contract positions require residency in DHA owned properties.

Verification of receipt of application/resume will be sent via email (unless you come in person or do not have a valid email address).  Selection may be made anywhere from a few days to 2 months.  

DHA does advertise on Indeed and other electronic job boards.

An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information including the successful completion of a background check. A background check will include at least a criminal background check and additional types of background checks may be required and/or permitted depending on the type of position and nature of the duties performed. These additional background checks may include: Employment History Verifications, Education/Degree Verification, Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), Professional License and Certifications.   

The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment.   

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.  

The Personnel Services department is responsible for providing qualified candidates for hiring consideration. This involves recruiting applicants, developing examinations, administering, and scoring examinations, and referring eligible candidates for further assessment.

All applications are reviewed to the position’s required and/or preferred qualifications.  Applicants who do not qualify are notified by email.  Applicants who do qualify may proceed to the next phase of the assessment process which may include:  a written, computer or performance-based examination.  Applicants who pass the assessment(s) may then be interviewed.