Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa
213 Murphy Drive
Alamosa, Alamosa County, CO

719-589-6694

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa (HACA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


Please note: The current wait time for a voucher is approximately two years.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the HACA to pick up an application, located at 213 Murphy Dr., Alamosa, CO 81101, during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 719-589-6694 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The HACA is administering vouchers through the Colorado Division of Housing.

The HACA has noted these preferences: veteran, substandard living conditions, victim of domestic violence, elderly, employed, displaced by natural disaster. 

For more information the HACA can be reached by calling 719-589-6694 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa (HACA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The HACA offers one public housing community with 199 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the HACA to pick up an application, located at 213 Murphy Dr., Alamosa, CO 81101, during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 719-589-6694 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above 

The HACA does have a preference for applicants that are employed.

For more information the HACA can be reached by calling 719-589-6694 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa operates 199 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 47% 1 bedroom apartments, 27% 2 bedroom apartments, 23% 3 bedroom apartments, 3% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 188 out of a total 199 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 5.53%.

Family Type

Of the 150 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 22 (14.67%) were elderly, 128 (85.33%) were non-elderly, 66 (44%) were disabled, 86 (57.33%) contained children and 72 (48%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa’s public housing developments is $265.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $295. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $267. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $534. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $268.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa portfolio, 2% of households identified as Black, 94% identified as White, and 68% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa properties, 123 were Extremely Low Income, 49 were Very Low Income, 13 were Low Income and 2 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa properties is $11,166. Of all public housing residents, 6% have no income and 4% earn more than $25,000 while 90% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa public housing 35% have wage income, 20% have welfare income, 54% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 14% have other income and 4% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 187 households containing 401 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 57.33% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa public houins units 17.7% are aged zero to five and 24.9% are aged 6 to 17.

15.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 41.9% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa public housing communities. 27.81% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 8.56% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 63.63% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 199 affordable rental units. It also administers 0 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as No units, meaning it administers Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa between Public Housing Units (100%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (0%) to that of all housing authorities in Colorado, Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is smaller than the average housing authority in Colorado.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 64. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Alamosa has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 4/4/11 Plan
2010 2/12/10 Plan
2009 2/10/09 Plan
2007 1/30/07 Plan
2006 3/3/06 Plan
2005 2/25/05 Plan
2004 4/6/04 Plan
2003 7/8/03 Plan
2001 2/13/01 Plan
2000 6/30/00 Plan