April 2023 HCV Resident News

There’s Still Time – Colorado Low Income Assistance Program (LEAP)

This program is a federally funded program that helps eligible hard working families, seniors, and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs.

The LEAP program works to keep our communities warm during the winter (November through April) by providing assistance with heating costs, equipment repair and/or replacement of inoperable heating tools. While the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, , it will help alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado’s colder months. 

LEAP Eligibility
If your income is up to 60% of the state median income level, you may qualify for heating assistance through LEAP. You may qualify if you: 

  • Pay home heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent.
  • Provide proof of lawful presence in the U.S., for you and household members born outside of the U.S. 

How to apply
To apply for LEAP, you can submit an application several way:

  • To request a paper application mailed to your address call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866- 432-8435)
  •  Apply online on the Colorado Pike website (http://ow.ly/mVEy50NyZRL)

LEAP Deadline

The deadline to apply for this assistance is May 1st , 2023. To find out more visit cdhs.colorado.gov. 

Admission Department Highlights

Welcome to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Admissions Department! We are the starting point for anyone interested in applying for one our
programs. Admissions is responsible for the oversight of all applications for the HCV Lottery, Project Based Vouchers, Emergency Housing
Voucher Programs (EHV), and more.

What does the application process look like?
Application and all supporting documents and vitals are submitted by the head of household and household members. Background reports are pulled on all adults over 18+ years of age. Once we verify backgrounds, we move forward with approving the applicant and scheduling them for a required orientation.

What if I am denied or canceled?
As a part of the application process, an informal hearing may be requested. This request goes to our legal department and they will
schedule the hearing appointment. After the hearing, a determination letter is mailed to the head of household. If the applicant is reinstated, the application process will continue. If it remains denied, the applicant can reapply for one of our programs in one calendar year from the date of the decision.

What if I need special accommodations?
If an applicants need a special accommodation for medical reasons or an extra bedroom for medical equipment, they will be provided a reasonable
accommodation packet. Once completed, it will go to our legal department. If approved, the request will be granted

Remote Inspections

We are continuing to offer remote inspections, by request, for any Participants who would prefer this option. If you receive an inspection notification letter and would prefer to use the remote option, get permission from your landlord and contact the inspector listed on the letter. Remote Inspection Kits are available with everything you need to complete an inspection using any device with video streaming technology.

Navigation Office – Walk-In

Walk-in service is available at our Navigation Office, 1401 Mariposa Street, Tuesday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The Navigation Office is the preferred location to turn in paperwork, request forms, or ask basic program questions. Remote appointments are also available, please notify the receptionist upon arrival if a remote appointment is needed.

in-Person Orientations

In-person orientations are back! The HCV Department is back in person for our program orientations for participants entering the program, or participants needing a program refresher. For more information, please email us at section8@denverhousing.org.

New Email Addresses for Portability and RFTA

Are you looking to ‘Port’ to Denver Housing Authority or ‘Port’ from another housing authority? Please take note of the new email address – DHAPorts@denverhousing.org – to start the process or stay connected with the Port Team seamlessly. We have also created a dedicated email to receive Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) and Notice to Vacate (NTV). Moving forward, once RFTAs and NTVs have been completed in their entirety, please send them to rfta@denverhousing.org for review by our team.


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