Housing Choice Vouchers/Section8
Housing Choice Voucher (section 8)
lottery occurs the 3rd week of september, midnight thursday through 11:59pm on friday.
HCV Lottery is now CLOSED!
Your new home begins here
Selected and approved families will need to meet the following basic program requirement to include but is not limited to:
- Meet HUD basic eligibility requirements: not a registered sex offender and/or not convicted of methamphetamine manufacture or production on public housing premises
- Have not been evicted from federally assisted housing for drug-related criminal activity in the past 3 years
- Have not been evicted from federally assisted housing within the past 5 years
- Does not owe monies to any subsidized housing programs
- Cannot exceed income guidelines
NEVER pay money to apply for housing!
If anyone asks you for money to put in an application for a Denver Housing Authority/HUD housing voucher, they are attempting to commit fraud. DO NOT give them money to receive an application.
If your lottery number is selected, the Denver Housing Authority will send you an application.
Have any questions about the Lottery process? Click below:
family income limits
|1 Person Family||2 |
|3 Person Family||4 Person Family||5 Person Family||6 Person Family||7 |
|8 Person Family|
|$36,700 or less||$41,950 or less||$47,200 or less||$52,400 or less||$56,600 or less||$60,800 or less||$65,000 or less||$69,200 or less|
DHA will hold a computer generated random drawing when vouchers are available. Notice of the drawings will be published on DHA’s website. If your lottery number is selected, DHA will notify you by mail with instructions to start the application process. Numbers drawn will be posted at DHA sites (the sites will be posted at the time of the drawing notice) and on DHA’s website. Numbers not drawn by the next lottery date will be discarded. The lottery occurs the 3rd week of September, midnight Thursday through 11:59pm on Friday.
How to Apply?
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 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.
I was selected, what now?
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.
- Picking up an application.
- Turning in the completed application with all required documentation at a specified time during normal working hours.
- The application and documents will be reviewed by Occupancy staff and if all requested information is complete and has been provided, a final application interview will be scheduled which will determine eligibility.
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 Program.
Locating a Rental Unit & Listing a Property is Easy
The Denver Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 department has partnered with affordable Housing an online rental search service.
This will be a valuable tool for HCV participants that are seeking to lease a unit in the private market!
For questions regarding registering or viewing property listings, please contact Affordable Housing tool free help line at 1-866-466-7328.
Landlords: The new link for adding properties is below:
Landlords don’t forget to add photos! It is recommended that photos are added to listings for better advertising and faster leasing.
Tenants/Participants the new link to view rental listings is:
For more information about the HCV program, contact us at 720-932-3023. Landlord sessions are available based on interest.
Lease Process General Information
The family will contact the prospective landlord. The landlord screens the family, conducts reference and background checks, and determines whether the family is suitable to rent their unit.
When the landlord agrees to rent the unit to the family and the family accepts, the landlord and the family need to fully complete and submit the Request for Tenancy Approval and other pertinent documents to DHA to start the leasing process. DHA determines if the family is income-eligible for the unit; the payment standard and utilities are taken into consideration in determining the family’s rental portion and gross rent. If the family is income-eligible for the unit, the leasing documents are prepared and forwarded to the Inspections Department. If not, the landlord and family are notified, and the family will need to find another unit.
The Inspections Department will contact the landlord to set-up the initial inspection. It is the landlord’s responsibility to contact the family and inform them of the initial inspection date and time. HUD requires that the unit meet certain Housing Quality Standards (“HQS”) and it also must pass rent reasonableness. If both of these criteria are met, then DHA obtains signatures from the landlord and the family. The leases and contracts will be executed and the Housing Assistance Payments (“HAP”) will begin providing:
- The unit passes HQS Inspection
- The unit meets rent reasonableness
- The landlord and family must both sign leases and the landlord signs the HAP Contract
- The first HAP check is normally issued in 30 to 60 days after the effective date of the HAP Contract
- After the first HAP check is cut, payments will be mailed on or before the 1st of each month