Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Online Applications

The Best Western Plus, located at 4595 Quebec Street in Denver, will be converted into supportive housing in a few years. Credit:

Denver Housing Authority (DHA) is opening its 2024 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Lottery, for 48 hours on September 21 and September 22, 2023.

“This once per year lottery begins the application process for people who are interested in and eligible for affordable housing in Denver,” Loretta Owens, director of HCV for DHA said. “We expect to receive thousands of applications this year with the continued need for safe, decent, and affordable housing options.”

The Housing Choice Voucher, formerly known as Section 8, is a housing subsidy program that is funded by the federal government to assist very low to low-income families with affordable housing. Online entries only will be accepted on Thursday, September 21, 2023 (beginning at 12:01 a.m.) through Friday, September 22, 2023 (ending at 11:59 p.m.).

The Housing Choice Voucher Lottery is open to those 18 years and older, U.S. citizens and eligible immigrants and those who have legal capacity to enter into a lease under state and local law.

Lottery entries must be submitted online using a computer, tablet, or smart phone with Internet access by visiting For those who need access to a computer, DHA offers two Opportunity Centers, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at Westwood Homes at 855 South Irving Street and North Lincoln Homes at 1401 Mariposa Street. DHA’s Osage Street office will not be open for lottery entries. Denver Public Library (DPL) offers access to computers. Visit for locations and hours of operation or call (720) 865-1111. Only one computer entry may be submitted per household. Do not pay anyone to participate in the HCV Lottery.

In July, the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) board of commissioners approved the purchase of the 194-unit Best Western Central Park hotel located at 4595 Quebec Street for conversion to permanent supportive housing. The acquisition, which closed in August according to The Denver Post, supports Mayor Mike Johnston’s emergency declaration to help 1,000 unhoused residents move indoors while also permanently decommissioning encampments.

DHA’s mission is to serve the residents of Denver by developing, owning, and operating safe, decent, and affordable housing in a manner that promotes thriving communities. It is a quasi-municipal corporation with a portfolio of over 13,000 units and housing choice vouchers, providing affordable housing to more than 27,000 very low, low, and middle-income individuals. DHA has been creating vibrant communities and sustainable neighborhoods since 1938.

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