Housing Authorities in Colorado

State of Housing in ColoradoThe state of Colorado Housing Department provides state and federal funding to private housing developers, housing authorities and local governments to increase the inventory of affordable housing. Colorado offers Section 8 rental assistance statewide through local housing authorities and non-profit service organizations. The state certifies all factory/manufactured structures built in or shipped to Colorado, and approves multifamily construction in counties with no construction codes.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program

Smaller counties and cities around the state can receive funding for housing or related services throughout the CDBG program. These funds are often used for programs that help rehabilitate of single-family homes.

Shelter Plus Care (S+C)

The program provides rental assistance for homeless people with disabilities, primarily those with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and related diseases. Rental assistance grants must be matched in the aggregate by supportive services that are equal in value to the amount of rental assistance and appropriate to the needs of the population to be served. Recipients are chosen on a competitive basis nationwide.

Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing

Section 4 of the HUD Demonstration Act of 1993 authorizes HUD to provide assistance through competitive grants to five national nonprofit intermediary groups. These groups provide direct operational support, loans, grants, and predevelopment assistance and build affordable housing.The grantees concentrate on neighborhood based nonprofit CDCs and CHDOs that have as part of their mission the holistic improvement of the neighborhood for the benefit of low income families. Private sources must provide a match three times the amount of any assistance provided under this section.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

HOPWA housing support enables these special-needs households to establish or maintain stable housing, reduce theirState of Housing in Colorado risks of homelessness, and improve their access to healthcare and other support. Housing assistance provides the foundation from which these individuals and their families may participate in advances in HIV treatment and related care.Approximately 10 percent of funding for AIDS victims is awarded for the renewal of permanent supportive housing projects, demonstration projects for Special Projects of National Significance, and for non-formula areas. Applicants for formula awards are the eligible states and the most populous city in each eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area that qualifies and follows HUD's Consolidated Planning process. Eligible competitive grant applicants include states, units of general local government, and nonprofit organizations. HUD gives priority to the renewal of competitive projects that have provided permanent supportive housing for this special needs population.

Good Neighbor Next Door

The Good Neighbor Next Door program encourages persons whose daily professional responsibilities represent a nexus to the needs of the community to purchase and live in homes in these communities. This program makes homes in revitalization areas available to law enforcement officers, teachers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

Manufactured Home, Construction and Safety Standards

Colorado checks the standards of manufactured structures and homes. The statute generally prohibits selling, leasing, or offering for sale or lease homes that do not meet the standards. Civil and criminal penalties may be sought for violations of the statute.

Supportive Housing for the Elderly

This program aims to finance the development of rental housing with supportive services for the elderly. The advance is interest free and does not have to be repaid so long as the housing remains available for very low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years. Project rental assistance covers the difference between the HUD-approved operating cost of the project and the tenants' contributions toward rent.

Multifamily Housing Service Coordinators

This program provides funding for service coordinators who assist elderly individuals and persons with disabilities, living inState of Housing in Colorado federally assisted multifamily housing and in the surrounding area, to obtain needed supportive services from community agencies. Independent living with assistance is a preferable, lower cost housing alternative to institutionalization for many frail older persons and persons with disabilities. HUD provides funding through three mechanisms: (1) a national competition with other properties for a limited amount of grant funding, (2) the use of the development's residual receipts or excess income, or (3) budget-based rent increases or special rent adjustments.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

A family renting a unit above the payment standard pays the highest of 30 percent of monthly adjusted income, 10 percent of monthly income, the welfare rent, or the PHA's minimum rent, plus the amount of rent above the payment standard. The rent to the owner in the voucher program must always be reasonable in relation to the rent charged for comparable unassisted units.

Homeownership Voucher Assistance

A public housing agency (PHA), at its option, may provide monthly assistance to families that have been admitted to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in accordance with HUD regulations, that meet certain criteria, and that are purchasing homes in an amount that would otherwise have been provided to that family as tenant-based voucher assistance.

Choice Neighborhoods

Choice Neighborhoods grants primarily fund the preservation, rehabilitation and transformation of public and HUD-assisted housing. Funds may also be used for the conversion of vacant or foreclosed properties to affordable housing.Grantees must undertake comprehensive local planning with input from residents and the community. A strong emphasis is placed on local community planning for school and educational improvements, including early childhood initiatives. Grantees shall create partnerships with other local organizations including assisted housing owners, service agencies and resident organizations.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

State of Housing in ColoradoThe major components of the FSS program are a contract of participation between the PHA and the family, an individualized training and services plan for each participating family member, and an interest bearing escrow account. Credits to a family’s escrow account are based on increased income earned by family members during the term of their contract. On completion of the FSS contract, a family may claim its escrow account, if no family member is receiving welfare assistance.

Disabilities Act, Section 109, Age Discrimination Act, and Title IX)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations at 28 CFR Part 35 prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodation.The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and HUD’s implementing regulations at 24 CFR Part 146 prohibit age discrimination in the provision of services or programs receiving Federal financial assistance.

Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

This program addresses childhood lead-based paint poisoning and other childhood diseases associated with poor housing conditions such as exposure to moisture, mold, poor air quality, lead paint, residential application of pesticides, the presence of allergens, vermin, dust, and other substances that contribute to asthma, and hazardous conditions that increase the risk of injury.


Applicants for public housing, rent assistance, or other housing program must meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters.
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action.
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety.
  • Veterans and local residents.

Income Limits

 30% AMI40% AMI50% AMI60% AMI80% AMI
1 19,250 25,680 32,100 38,520 45,100
2 22,000 29,320 36,650 43,980 51,550
3 24,750 33,000 41,250 49,500 58,000
4 27,500 36,640 45,800 54,960 64,400
5 29,700 39,600 49,500 59,400 69,600
6 31,900 42,520 53,150 63,780 74,750
7 34,100 45,440 56,800 68,160 79,900
8 36,300 48,400 60,500 72,600 85,050

Unemployment and Other Factors

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employers in the private nonfarm sector initiated 1,674 mass layoff events in thefourth quarter of 2012 that resulted in the separation of 319,639 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. Over the year, total extended mass layoff events and associated worker separations were down from 1,903 and 334,383, respectively. Permanent worksite closures accounted for 7 percent of all events and 10 percentof all separations during the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily in the manufacturing sector. During the same period, the manufacturing sector had 311 extended mass layoff events and 62,964 separations, also largely due to the completion of seasonal work. All these unemployed individuals and families are expected to turn to housing or rent assistance.

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