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Housing

In addition to state and federal funding for various housing programs, the department's Division of Housing provides services including code enforcement, training and individual assistance to agencies for housing development and rehabilitation, and rental assistance.

 

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The Division of Housing offers rental assistance subsidies (Section 8 Vouchers) to very low-income families in 47 Colorado counties. DOH contracts with local housing agencies that focus on family eligibility and ensure that the rental unit meets housing quality standards.

 

Because the demand for rental assistance is very high, it is primarily available only to veterans’ families, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities whose incomes are less than 30 percent of the area median income. DOH administers traditional tenant based Section 8 in addition to project based vouchers, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Family Unification Program (FUP) and mainstream vouchers.

 

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Those families receiving Section 8 rental assistance are also eligible for the Family Self-Sufficiency program. The FSS program helps families reduce their dependence on rental assistance through job training, family counseling and further education.

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Families receiving rental assistance are eligible for the Section 8 Homeownership Program. Homeownership assistance offers families a new and special housing option. The family must meet basic program requirements such as:

  • be in the Section 8 Program for at least one year and be continuously employed for at least one
    year.
  • earn roughly $11,000 a year to qualify for the program.
  • income must come from sources other than welfare assistance -- welfare assistance can be included for elderly and disabled families.
  • have $1,000 to apply to the purchase of their home.
  • be a first time homebuyer (not own a home in the last three years).
  • attend homeownership counseling before the purchase of the house.
  • secure own financing for the home -- the lender should be an established organization to avoid
    predatory lending practices.
  • post-purchase counseling is strong recommended.
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The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 requires that Public Housing Authorities provide their annual plan and a five-year strategy for public comment. DOH draft reports are available for public comment between March 1 through April 15 every year.

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The Division of Housing, Housing Technology and Standards Section, administers a number of programs related to Colorado factory-manufactured structures. The section inspects new factory-built (modular) housing, commercial structures and manufactured HUD homes sold in Colorado to ensure the health and safety of state residents. In addition, hotels, motels and multi-family structures built in the 15 Colorado counties that do not have a building department are reviewed and inspected. A consumer information service for owners of factory-built and manufactured housing is provided, along with assistance for consumers with factory-built and manufactured home complaints. New and used factory-built and manufactured home installations are inspected under the Manufactured Housing Installation Program. The dealer registration program requires retailers of manufactured homes to register with the division.

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Private Activity Bonds are tax-exempt bonds issued for specific purposes including manufacturing “small issue” industrial development, single-family mortgages, qualified redevelopment projects, qualified residential rental projects, exempt facility projects, mortgage credit certificates and student loans.

 

For more details about the private activity bond program, contact the Division of Housing at 303-866-2033. Information about the statewide balance, application and program guidelines can be located here.

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Th e Division of Housing provides a variety of trainings throughout the year that include the Developer’s Toolkit, Advanced Finance Academy, application workshops, section rental assistance trainings, and more. Information about trainings can be found on the DOH website.