Division of Housing receives national housing award

Denver, CO – Friday, July 15, 2016 – Today the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) announced that the Division of Housing (DOH) has been selected to receive the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Award of Merit in the category of Program Innovation - Resident and Client Services for its State Housing Voucher Program.

DOH manages over 6,000 vouchers, including Mainstream, VASH, HOPWA, and FUP. Based on the success of the federal programs, The division has expanded services with State-funded programs to help address the needs of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens. Launched in 2013, the State Housing Voucher (SHV) program focuses on providing housing with supportive services for those individuals whose needs were not being met by existing programs, specifically homeless persons transitioning out of state mental health hospitals into permanent housing

“The DOH mission is to ensure that all Coloradans have access to safe, affordable housing” said Irv Halter, executive director of DOLA. “We are honored to receive this award.”

The 2016 NAHRO Awards of Merit recognize outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs. The Program Innovation — Resident and Client Services category includes innovative use of programs such as special activities for children, families, and the elderly, anti-drug programs, social services, and self-sufficiency.

“With over 270,000 low income households in Colorado paying more than 50% of their income toward housing costs, the need to serve is immediate. I am proud of our team who work every day to help provide people a home” said Alison George, director of DOH.

To learn more about the DOH voucher program, visit: http://bit.ly/29xxdwV