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Once approved for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (“HCV Program”), families’ files are forwarded to DHA’s Section 8 Department. All new clients (“families”) must attend a “mandatory” Orientation. The families are notified by mail when to attend their scheduled Orientation session. At the time of Orientation, the families are issued vouchers authorizing them to search for a unit (based on family’s composition in determining bedroom size), leasing information and a listing of available properties in the City and County of Denver.
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Low Income Public Housing Forms
Use this form to report to report changes in your income or household composition
The forms below are intended only for current participants of the Denver Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program that reside in a unit within the City and County of Denver.
Use this form to report to report changes in your income or household composition
The family may terminate assistance for any violations of the Family Obligations See 24 CFR, Parts 982.551
The family must supply any information that the PHA or HUD determines is necessary in the administration of the program, including submission of required evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status. “Information” includes any requested certification, release or other documentation.
1. The family must supply any information requested by the PHA or HUD for use in a regularly scheduled reexamination or interim reexamination of family income and composition in accordance with HUD requirements.
2. The family must disclose and verify social security numbers and must sign and submit consent forms for obtaining information.
3. Any information supplied by the family must be true and complete.
4. The family is responsible for any Housing Quality Standards (“HQS”) breach caused by the family.
5. The family must allow the PHA to inspect the dwelling unit at reasonable times and after reasonable notice.
6. The family may not commit any serious or repeated violation of the lease.
7. The family must notify the PHA and the owner before the family moves out of the unit, or terminates the lease on notice to the owner.
8. The family must promptly give the PHA a copy of any owner eviction notice.
9. The family must use the assisted unit for residence by the family. The unit must be the family’s only residence.
10. The composition of the assisted family residing in the unit must be approved by the PHA. The family must promptly inform the PHA of the birth, adoption or court-awarded custody of a child. The family must request PHA approval to add any other family member as an occupant of the unit. No other person (i.e., nobody but members of the assisted family) may reside in the unit.
11. The family must promptly notify the PHA if any family member no longer resides in the unit.
12. The family must not sublease or let the unit.
13. The family must not assign the lease or transfer the unit.
14. The family must supply any information or certification requested by the PHA to verify that the family is living in the unit, or relating to family absence from the unit, including any PHA requested information or certification on the purposes of family absences. The family must cooperate with the PHA for this purpose. The family must promptly notify the PHA of absence from the unit.
15. The family must not own or have any interest in the unit.
16. The members of the family must not commit fraud, bribery or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with the programs.
17. The members of the household may not engage in drug-related criminal activity, or violent criminal activity or other criminal activity that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises.
18. The members of the household must not abuse alcohol in a way that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises.
19. Other housing assistance. An assisted family, or members of the family, may not receive Section 8 tenant-based assistance while receiving another housing subsidy, for the same unit or for a different unit, under any duplicative (as determined by HUD or in accordance with HUD requirements) federal, state or local housing assistance program.
The family has the opportunity to request an informal hearing in the event of a change or termination of their Section 8 housing assistance. The request must be submitted, in writing, within 10 days from the date of the initial notice of change or termination. If the family does not request a hearing in accordance with the policy, then DHA’s disposition of the decision or termination will become final.
The hearing will be conducted by a Hearing Officer. During the hearing, DHA and the family may have present all witnesses and potential witnesses in the matter. The family will be afforded a fair hearing provided the basic safeguards of due process, which shall include:
a) The opportunity to examine before the hearing, and at the expense of the family, to copy all documents, records and regulations of DHA which are relevant to the hearing. Any document not made available after the request of the family will not be relied on by DHA at the hearing.
b) The right to be represented by counsel or other person selected as a representative at the family’s own expense.
c) A decision based solely and exclusively upon the facts presented at the hearing.
d) DHA must be given the opportunity to examine at DHA offices, before the hearing, any family documents that are directly relevant to the hearing. DHA must be allowed to copy any such document at DHA’s expense. If the family does not make the document available for examination on request of DHA, the family may not rely on the document at the hearing.
The Hearing Officer will, within ten working days, give a final written decision to the family. The decision will be mailed to the family at the address the family has on file with DHA.
If the family or DHA fails to appear at the scheduled hearing, the Hearing Officer may make a determination that the party has waived his right to a hearing. Both DHA and the family shall be notified of the determination by the Hearing Officer.
The Hearing Officer shall require DHA, the family, counsel, and other participants or spectators to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. Failure to comply with the directions of the Hearing Officer to obtain order may result in exclusion from the proceedings or in a decision adverse to the interest of the disorderly party and granting or denial of the relief sought, as appropriate.
DHA is not bound by a hearing decision concerning:
1) A matter of which DHA is not required to provide for an informal hearing.
2) A matter in excess of the authority of the person conducting the hearing.
3) A determination which is or may subsequently be ruled contrary to program regulations, handbook requirements of state, federal or local law.
If DHA should determine it is not bound by such a hearing decision, it will promptly notify the family of the decision in writing and of the reasons for the determination.
In accordance with HUD regulations, all Section 8 families are recertified once a year. The purpose for this is:
To make certain that the information Section 8 has about the family’s composition, income, and deductions are correct, and
- To determine the rental portion to be paid to the landlord by housing assistance payments and by the family.
- To accomplish this, packets are sent to family. The family must complete and return their packets to Section 8. If the family fails to comply and/or complete their annual recertification within the allotted time frame, they may be cancelled from the program for non-compliance of program rules.
Once the family’s recertification is reviewed, calculated and entered into the computer system, the landlord and the client will receive a Contract Change Clause, normally a 30-day notice is given, that shows the family’s new rental portion and DHA’s HAP payment.
A family may request an interim or redetermination at any time, based on any change in the family’s income and/or household composition.
When a change is requested, a redetermination packet must be completed and returned to the Section 8 office with all the required documentation for the change.
A family is required to report, in writing, all changes in the family’s income or the household composition within ten (10) days of the date of change. Failure to report changes may result in cancellation from the program.
The landlord and the client will receive a Contract Change Clause, normally 30-day notice is given, that shows the family’s new rental portion and DHA’s HAP payment.
The Orientation will provide the family a step-by-step explanation of the process of the HCV Program and supply important information on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) and the Denver Housing Authority’s (“DHA”) policies, procedures, and regulations in the following areas:
● Housing Choice Vouchers
● Reporting Changes in Income and Family Composition
● Housing Quality Standards Inspection
● Following Lease Requirements
● Rent Calculation
● Employment Disallowance for Job Training Programs
● Employment Disallowance for the Disability
● Family Self-Sufficiency
● Time Limits on Lease
Effective October 1, 1999, regulations require the family to pay a minimum of 30 percent or a maximum of 40 percent of their income towards their rental portion. The minimum family contribution is $50.00 per month.
The following are the Family’s Responsibility:
1. The family must find a unit (house, apartment, condo, or townhome) within the Denver City limits. Portability to other areas is allowed only if the family has lived in the City and County of Denver for the past 12 months, and the area the family wants to go to have a Housing Authority that will accept the family. The family must work with the DHA’s Section 8 Portability Technician.
2. The family must sign a lease with the landlord for at least 12 months.
3. The family must give at least 30-days notice (or what is stated in the Lease) to the Section 8 office and the landlord, in writing, if the family intends to move.
4. The family must abide by the Lease. The Lease is between the family and the landlord; DHA is not a party to the Lease. If the landlord wishes to evict the family for lease violations, DHA cannot get involved. Repeated and serious Lease violations are grounds for termination from the Section 8 Program.
5. The family must provide DHA with information concerning their income and household composition during their annual recertification process. If the family has a change in their income and/or family composition, the family must report this change, in writing, to DHA within 10 days from the change.
6. The family (an adult member of the household) must be present at each annual inspection.
7. The family must never enter into any side agreements with the landlord. The family is only required to pay the amount of rent the Section 8 calculates.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with §982.306(d), the PHA must not approve a unit if the owner is the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother of any member of the family, unless the PHA determines that approving the unit would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities.
During the Orientation, the families will be issued their Vouchers and moving packet, and be required to sign acknowledgment forms (such as, Orientation Acknowledgment, Things You Should Know, Notice of Availability of Reasonable Accommodation, and Affidavit of Understanding).
Porting in to DHA:
Denver Housing Authority is absorbing incoming portability requests until further notice.
If you have a voucher and would like to move to Denver, please have your current PHA send or fax your paperwork to:
You will not be allowed to attend a portability orientation until all paperwork has been received and processed. Orientations are held each Wednesday at 9:30 am.
All Port-ins are subject to DHA’s Voucher Payment and Occupancy Standards and criminal background checks will be completed for all adults in the household. Anyone owing money to a PHA must be resolved prior to porting into Denver Housing Authority’s jurisdiction. Failure to do so may result in termination of your assistance. Also, if you are an applicant from another PHA, you must be income-eligible in Denver’s jurisdiction or we will not be able to accept you.
Porting to another PHA:
If you are currently assisted by DHA and would like to port to another jurisdiction you must first be issued a voucher to move and fill out a “Request to Transfer out of Denver Housing Authority Jurisdiction” form. Please specify the PHA that serves the area where you want to live. If two different PHAs serve the same area, you may select the PHA that you wish your paperwork to be sent to. DHA will select the PHA upon family request.
If you owe any money to DHA you will NOT be allowed to port out until the debt is paid in full. If any household members are not moving with the family or if there are any income changes, those changes must be completed before the port process.
Participants will learn:
- Basic credit repair and credit rebuilding
- Long/term savings goals
- Debt reduction
Benefits of the program:
- Learn about the FSS and Home Ownership Program
- Debt Reduction and Budgeting
- Increase your understanding of what landlords expect from tenants
- Abbreviated version every Thursday at 1035 Osage Street, 10:45am