SMHO administers rental subsidy to private landlords in the community through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Under this program, the voucher holder finds a unit that meets their needs and leases from a private landlord. The subsidy is “tenant-based” and is portable within Littleton and throughout the United States.

Each unit selected by the participant is inspected and must meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS) that are established by HUD. The owner (Landlord) of the unit signs a Housing Assistance Payments contract with SMHO assuring that the unit will be maintained in accordance with HQS. SMHO acts as a funding source making up the difference between what the resident pays (approximately 30% of their adjusted income) in rent and the total rent on the unit. Rents are reviewed for reasonableness on an annual basis, and units are inspected annually to ensure they meet HQS standards.

The voucher holder signs a lease with the Landlord and must meet the requirements established under each individual lease. SMHO conducts preliminary criminal background checks on each Section 8 Voucher participant. However, landlords use their own screening criteria when determining the eligibility of the tenant.

SMHO also administers Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher programs for the Arapahoe County Housing Authority and the Division of Housing within Arapahoe County for a combined total of approximately 285 vouchers.

For current SMHO payment standards, click here.
For current SMHO utility allowance schedule, click here.
Current Participants who wish to move, click here to download the Notice of Intent to Vacate Form.
Current Participants with a change in income, click here to download the Interim Income/Family Change Form. 

Current Participants with a change in family composition, click here to download the Request to Add or Remove a family member Form.

Landlords who are interested in participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program are encouraged to contact SMHO. For further information, click here


If you are interested in porting to our jurisdiction, you must first contact your current housing authority. Once SMHO has received your paperwork you will be contacted to provide additional information to our agency. After we have received all requested paperwork, you will be contacted to attend an orientation at our office. South Metro Housing Options offers an orientation every Tuesday at 1:30 pm and Friday at 9:00 am (both day and time subject to change). 

Your paperwork should be sent to:

South Metro Housing Options
Attn: Robin Ramirez

5808 S. Rapp St, Suite 100 Littleton CO 80120
Phone 303 794 9608 Fax 303 794 0806 

If you have additional questions, please contact Robin Ramirez with the Section 8 Department Monday-Thursday,