For the first time in three years, a Section 8 housing waiting list is opening up in the Colorado Springs area. But to get a voucher through this version of the government-subsidized housing program, a person has to be disabled, meet federal poverty guidelines — and be patient.
AspenPointe, which administers about 400 Section 8 vouchers for the Colorado Division of Housing, is opening the waiting list for only one day, Feb. 6. Names added to the list will be randomized, so there’s no first-come, first-served advantage to standing in line to apply.
And it could be several years before someone on the waiting list finally gets a voucher, because, as with most Section 8 programs, demand far outstrips supply. A Section 8 program administered by the Housing Authority of the City of Colorado Springs opened its waiting list several years ago and had about 4,000 households sign up to get one of the 2,000 vouchers. The list hasn’t reopened, and it still has thousands of names, said Chad Wright, assistant executive director of operations for the Housing Authority.
To get on the AspenPointe waiting list, people must be able to verify their disability, but verification won’t take place until the person gets to the top of the list.
Applications are available by contacting AspenPointe at 572-6100. Completed applications can either be submitted in person from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at AspenPointe Adult & Rural Services, 875 West Moreno Ave., or by mail, with a postmark of Feb. 6. No other postmarked dates will be accepted.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, which operates under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, subsidizes rents for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities. Recipients can use the vouchers to pay for housing in the private market, as long as the residence meets certain health and safety standards.