Housing Choice Voucher Program
About Housing Choice Vouchers with Boulder Housing Partners
What is a Housing Choice Voucher?
Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), formerly known as Section 8, help cover the cost of monthly rent for members of our community whose incomes are below the area average. After qualifying, participants in the HCV program pay approximately 30-40% of their monthly income toward rent. The remaining balance is paid directly to the owner of a participant’s rental home by Boulder Housing Partners (BHP).
Where can vouchers be used?
Housing Choice Vouchers may be used throughout Boulder County in privately-owned apartments, townhomes or houses that are qualified and have opted to accept vouchers. HCV participants find the home they would like to rent, then coordinate the next steps with the homeowner and BHP. All of BHP’s communities in the Boulder Affordable Rentals program do accept vouchers.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible, applicants may earn up to 50% of the Area Median Income with no minimum income necessary. (See maximum income limits chart.)
According to program guidelines, Boulder Housing Partners provides assistance to local applicants and prioritzes those who are:
- Living in Boulder County
- Households with an adult who works at least 20 hours per week within Boulder County
- Households with an adult who attends school full-time within Boulder County
- Households with an adult child or parent who resides in Boulder County
AND who are one or more of the following
- Seniors (age 62+)
- Individuals with disabilities
- Households with children
- Homeless and currently receiving services in Boulder County
There are a limited number of Housing Choice Vouchers available. If an applicant does not fall into one the above groups, the chances of receiving a voucher are limited.
When can I apply?
A lottery system is used for applicants to become HCV participants. If a lottery number is selected, applicants will be contacted over the course of approximately one year to proceed with the next steps of the eligibility process. The lottery will open as needed, usually about once per year. These dates will be posted on our website, or call our information hotline, 720-564-4627, for lottery opening information.