Housing Voucher Programs
Family Unification Program (FUP)
DOLA partners with the Colorado Division of Child Welfare and local service providers to administer this unique housing choice voucher program to assist Households involved in child welfare. These vouchers can serve both families and youth headed households. Family vouchers are reserved for families where housing is an obstacle to retaining or regaining custody of their children. Youth vouchers are for homeless youth aging out of the foster care system (ages 18 through 24).
Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program
This homeownership program empowers eligible participants interested in purchasing their own home. The voucher may be applied toward the family’s portion of a mortgage. Homes must meet minimum standards of health and safety.
Project Based Assistance (PBV)
This program allows the department to use up to 20 percent of its budget authority to subsidize specific units in designated buildings targeting populations needing supervision or a structured setting.
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program is a national initiative sponsored by the HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal of the VASH program is to provide housing choice voucher rental assistance and intensive case management and clinical services to enable homeless veterans access to permanent housing while leading healthy, productive lives in the community.
Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing (CoC PSH)
The Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing (CoC PSH) program provides rental assistance and access to supportive services for individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and have an identified disability verified by medical professionals. Referrals are available through regional Coordinated Entry systems to ensure households with the greatest need and/or barriers to housing stability are prioritized for rental assistance. CoC PSH allows for a variety of housing choices and access to a range of community-based supportive services based on the individualized needs of participants. Tenant support-service include but are not limited to public benefits acquisition, life skills training, employment training, childcare, and transportation to name a few.
The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program
Family self-sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families with employment. Public housing agencies (PHAs) work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop a program that gives FSS family members the skills and experience to earn a living wage.
The Section 811 PRA program provides project based subsidies to assist very low income people with significant and long-term disabilities so that they may live independently in the community by providing affordable housing linked with voluntary services and supports. The Section 811 program is similar to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Project Based Voucher program. Section 811 PRA program units will be made available for people with disabilities who are leaving institutions or for people with disabilities at risk of being placed in an institution (including those who are homeless and those at risk of being homeless). As of January 2019, construction has been completed on one project with 20 PRA units and six additional projects with another 71 PRA units are expected to open by the Spring of 2020.
- Section 811 forms
Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT)
DOLA works in partnership with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to administer CCT. The program is Colorado’s version of the federal grant program, "Money Follows the Person." The program allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. The goal of CCT is to move persons with disabilities out of nursing homes and other long term care and into the community.
- Colorado Choice Transitions application packet and other forms.
Mental Health and Homeless Solutions Program State Housing Vouchers (MH-SHV & HSP-SHV)
Mental Health and Homeless Solutions Program State Housing Vouchers (MH-SHV & HSP-SHV) provide rental assistance and access to supportive services for extremely low-Income individuals with a disabling condition, disabilities, or special needs who have a history of homelessness and are frequent or high-cost consumers of public systems. Referrals are available through regional Coordinated Entry systems, Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Welfare and Office of Behavioral Health, Colorado Department of Corrections’ Division of Adult Parole, and other entities serving persons who need long-term supports and services in order to maintain housing.