The Garfield County Housing Authority has partnered with AffordableHousing.com, which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, creating, or viewing property listings, please call the Affordable Housing toll free help line at 1-866-466-7328. It is recommended that landlords add photos to their listing for better advertising and faster lease up.
What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly known as Section 8) is a rent subsidy program that assists eligible low-income persons and their families in obtaining decent, safe and sanitary housing by paying a portion of their rent. Eligible applicants locate a unit in the private rental market. Rent must be within the current allowed Payment Standards. Landlords are paid the difference between 30% of the tenant's income and the payment standard. More information is found in the Participant Guide to Housing Choice Voucher Program. Please CLICK HERE for Guide.
Searching for Housing
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. For a list of Interested Landlords in Garfield County, Colorado, please CLICK HERE.
Portability (Transferring Assistance)
Housing Choice Vouchers may be transferred to another Public Housing Authority's (PHA) service area, if you have lived in your home for at least one year. However, the housing authority that covers the area you are moving to must currently be accepting vouchers. Please contact that office for more information. All applicants of the Housing Choice Voucher waitlist must meet the Residency preference in Garfield County, Colorado before they are eligible for Portability to another PHA. For more information about Portability, please CLICK HERE.
Housing Quality Standard Inspections
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Landlord properties are required to meet Housing Quality Standards and be decent, safe and sanitary. The unit must pass inspection before the family can move into the unit. If the family moves into the unit before the unit is inspected, the tenant is responsible for the rent unit the unit passes inspection. For more information on Housing Quality Standards, please review the following items.
A Reasonable Accommodation is a modification or change GCHA can make to its policies or procedures that will assist an otherwise eligible applicant/participant with a disability/handicap to fully take advantage of GCHA’s programs, provided that the change does not pose an undue financial and/or administrative burden to GCHA or require fundamental change in its program. If you or any member of your household have a disability and you would like to request a Reasonable Accommodation, you may request in writing at any time in the application process or after admission. For more information about Reasonable Accommodations, please CLICK HERE.
Housing Discrimination Under The Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally-assisted housing. Please CLICK HERE for more information about Fair Housing.
Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA)
The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) provides special protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are applying for or receiving assistance under the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. VAWA protections are not only available to women, but are available equally to all individuals regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Please CLICK HERE for more information about VAWA. HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para obtener más información sobre VAWA.
Housing Choice Voucher Family Briefing Videos
All family members over 18 years of age must review the briefing video. *Use of this video is limited to authorized users who have purchased the video, "Welcome to the Housing Choice Voucher Program," from Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. Unauthorized use is subject to civil and criminal penalties.
Housing Choice Voucher Family Briefing Slides
After you have viewed the video above, your Housing Specialist will review the slides below with you one-on-one.
Después de haber visto el video, su Especialista de Vivienda revisará las siguientes diapositivas con usted uno a uno.