The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program provides rental assistance for qualified persons to live in safe, decent, and affordable rental units. Under this program, the tenant pays approximately 30 percent of his or her adjusted income for rent and utilities. The balance of the rent is paid directly to the private landlord by the federal government.
In Gunnison County, through the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority, participants in the program are required to live in the county for the first 12 months of their participation. After that, they may stay in the program, as long as they remain in good standing in the program. Once a year, the income of clients is reviewed and their portion of the rent is re-determined.
Prior to allowing applicants in to the program, the Housing Authority screens them for criminal history and credit history.
The first step of the application process is to complete the Division of Housing Pre-Application.
The Pre-Application is provided here for your convenience:
When your name comes to the top of the waiting list, Housing Authority staff will contact you. It is your responsibility to notify the Housing Authority of any change in your telephone number or address. Annually, the Housing Authority purges its waiting list to remove names of applicants who are no longer interested.
2015 AMI information can be found here: Section 8 Information
The Housing Authority maintains an open waiting list for this program. There is currently a wait of 18 to 24 months for assistance.
The Housing Authority shall not deny any family or individual the opportunity to apply for or receive assistance under HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program on account of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, family or marital status or disability.