Housing Choice Program
About the Housing Choice Program (formerly Section 8 Voucher)
The Housing Choice Program is a federally-funded program designed to assist low-income families with their housing needs. Vouchers are provided for assistance in private market apartments. Voucher participants find their own apartment.
Program participants pay approximately 30%-40% of their adjusted income toward rent, which is paid directly to their landlord. Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) pays the balance to the landlord.
The lottery system is used for applicants to become participants of the program. Notice of opening dates of the lottery are posted on the website as soon as they are deteremined.
Those applicants who are selected will be placed in the lottery pool. The list of numbers that have been placed in the pool will be posted to our website and in our main office. As vouchers become available throughout the year, applicants in the pool will be notified by mail with an invitation letter to begin the process of determining eligibility.
Rent is approximately 30% of resident's monthly adjusted income. The maximum yearly income to qualify depends on HUD regulations, family size, and total gross income. There is no minimum income to qualify. The wait time for each program varies:
- For the Housing Choice lottery, if your number is drawn, the goal is to process all applications within the next 12 months. If your lottery number is not drawn, you will need to re-apply the next time the lottery is open. Click here to find out if you may qualify
Local preference is given to your household if a member, 18 years or older, lives or works within the city limits of Boulder. (For example: Longmont and Lafayette are in Boulder County). Preference is given to households that are elderly (62+), are families with children or you or a member of your household is a person with disabilities.
No evictions from federally subsidized housing have occurred within the past five (5) years for you or a member of your household.
You and your household members are free of convictions of a crime within the past five (5) years that involves drugs, violence, or disrupting the peaceful enjoyment of others. This includes having to register on the Sex Offender’s List.
Your income meets the standards of the maximum income limits which are dependent on program and family size.